Details 12-27-13

This is a very tedious and time consuming technique but it produces really interesting results. If I could only figure out what I want to do with it, that would be great.

Encaustic microtorch detail

Encaustic microtorch detail

Encaustic microtorch detail

Encaustic microtorch detail

Details 12-5-13

I clung to this little snippet of painting like Leonardo DiCaprio held onto that makeshift raft after the Titanic sank.

I finally gave in, there was no saving it. RIP little schmutz.

Encaustic detail 2

Encaustic detail 2

Details 11-12-13

Probably not that exciting really, I think I was more enamored with the materials and technique I was experimenting with than the actual “beauty” of the detail.

Encaustic detail 3

Encaustic detail 3

Details 10-25-13

Sometimes a painting fails but a section of it was successful. I often try to salvage the good part and remake the rest of the painting, but that rarely works so I thought I’d start posting shots of the details that I hated to let go of.

Here’s #1:

Encaustic detail 1

Encaustic detail 1

Praying Mantis Babies

A big batch of praying mantis just hatched last night and took the deck by storm. There aren’t many things that give me the heebie jeebies but put a praying mantis anywhere near me and I start acting like an idiot.
These little babies aren’t so bad per se, but they still gave me a bit of an uncomfortable feeling. I guess I have a mantis phobia, I think it is more that I don’t like bugs that you can tell are thinking. I don’t like a bug that makes a gesture like it’s going to punch you in the eye. And, I definitely don’t like bugs that slowly turn their creepy little heads and watch as you move around. Nope, don’t like it one bit.

Here’s a big monster from last year. We called it Anubis.
Just looking at this photo gives me goosebumps and makes me wince. I assume it is a praying mantis, it looks a bit different than a regular one. Either way, bleh.

Praying Mantis

Heebie Jeebies by The Puppini Sisters on Grooveshark

The Meltery

Firing up the wax and getting ready to do a bit of painting today.

Encaustic paint on a hotplate

“The Meltery”

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