It's another scorcher out there, folks, and just two posts ago I wrote that we were having a mild summer! Well, the window drapes are now drawn, the air conditioner is on, and I'm drinking glass after glass of cold water. On the up side, wet laundry dries in no time on the balcony, dark rooms are perfect for Photoshop-ing on the computer and drinking all that water is good for the skin. Plus there's a grande iced coffee with half and half in my future this afternoon. Mmmm.
I thought I'd give you an update on the art front. I've been flipflopping between encaustic painting and painting a portrait with oils on canvas. I'm at a point where I need to step away from the portrait of my sister so that a week or two from now I can look at it more objectively. There's something about the nose that I can't figure out right now.
I'm pleased with how the encaustic is coming along. On the sides of the painting, I've been building up layers of what will hopefully look like river grass and leaves. R&F makes small blocks of encaustic paints and a little bit goes a long way. I've also been painting with oil sticks and then fusing that under layers of encaustic paint - a new technique for me. The effect is that the leaves are more defined and vibrant. This art medium is fascinating!