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PLAY stage, encaustic under-painting.

PLAY

New paintings under the making, they will all be part of my encaustic experimentation. After gluing down white mixed media paper on plywood, I was ready for initial play with dry medium (charcoal, inctense pencils, contè crayons and pastel crayons, yes and a bit of water) Next step will include molten wax, excited to see what will happen. But first of all, there need to be cradles under the panels and all the edges need to be trimmed 🧐🙃🥰

The following pictures are enaustic on paper from a couple of days ago, not finished but they have a freshness to them that I like, will see what happens in the next session!

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ENCAUSTIC continued

Second play on these, I’ve got my very first set of pan-pastels and I just had to try, this is a pearlescent white to black set, and the luster is more visible in real life. So far, the only wax paint is the white, the rest is powder and incised marks, a lot to explore and I truly love this medium!

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GOING ENCAUSTIC

Hi dear followers and friends, I haven’t been posting for a long time because life happened, as it sometimes does. After quite some time of recuperating and reorienting into a new way of living I am now thankfully back painting. I am super thrilled to share with you that I have begun to explore the glorious mystery of encaustic. So far, this is clear: There will be melted a whole lot of wax on my deck this summer because this was even more exciting than I anticipated.

In the following I am sharing a small collection of what I have been working on so far, as always there is a lot to learn, a lot of tools and supplies to get hold of, and a lot of trying and failing. Here is a little taste of what I am talking about, and there will be much more to come.

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Hi everybody! I wish all of you a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I know these are challenging times for so many of us, if not everybody due to the worldwide pandemic. The vaccines are underway, we can probably enter a much better spring and summer, so I am positive in this respect. As for the turmoil and the terrifying upheaval in the US, I know this is not a true picture of my many American friends. Also, I know that when people go from being fed and content to being hungry and desperate, we all have the potential to becoming dangerous, no matter what nationality we come from.

Even if I live in a tiny peaceful corner of the world, yet not seriously struck by the pandemic, I can clearly feel the anxiety for what could happen. We too have right wing extremists, demonstrated in all its horror on the attack on Utøya a few years ago. It is very difficult to be creative in times like this, nevertheless, for myself it is even more important to stay sane. So, I picked up some large bottles of acrylic, a couple of boards, speckle, gesso and started to play during the holidays.

The photo shows the painting itself (about 84 x 58 cm), still under progress, followed by some closeups of same.

My friends, please stay safe and stay healthy, better times are coming 💕

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Finished paintings

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Clarifying, finding my gems

So, here is one of my orange series, I have slowly started to get some sense out of them. My original plan was to fill them with glow and textures and smaller details of all sorts, obtained by glazing and sanding over and over again. That part I feel is now thoroughly done! Now comes the clarifying (or half way exploring) stages where I try to bring forward gems, and adding shapes which may attract the eye from a distance, at the same time trying to tweak the overall impression to a higher key. Working title so far: “Taking Shelter” 🥰

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Clarifying, final touches

This is one more of my paintings in the “Memory Fragments” series. After many many rounds of glazing, sanding and glazing again, I finally begin for feel that this one is close to finished, just a few tweaks here and there before it is ready for the frame 😊

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Set of four still in progress

More exploring, third round.I wondered what it was I wanted to express in this series, and found that I want glow, but not burning glow, instead a subtle muted glow with some more clear pops of it here and there. So, today I really went crazy and sanded down before glazing the entire surface with a warm-white very thin glaze. Next move will be more sanding to bring back some of the gems 😊