This is a quick 12"x16" oil study done of Quin Sweetman who was our model at a recent Wednesday session of artists who paint on Wednesday afternoons at Jantzen Beach Mall in Portland. Quin is an artist known by many of you. She has a website and Etsy store which you can visit. As you see she is also a terrific model. I see that I forgot to sign my painting. The Wednesday group is open to all artists and is free unless we have a paid model and then it is $5.00 for 2 sessions. The other 2 sessions of the month we paint/draw each other. Contact me if you want more detailed information.
Currently I am focusing on floral, bird, and landscape encaustic painting. When I do paint the female figure I focus on painting the modern but still universal and timeless woman. I primarily paint in Encaustic, which is painting with molten, pigmented beeswax. In my encaustic works I do not use photocopies or mixed media; all details are painted with layers and lines of molten, pigmented beeswax. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beeswax and damar resin are melted and dry pigment is added for color. The tins of molten wax and colored pigment are kept in a molten state on a heated griddle. Bristle brushes are dipped into the molten wax and quickly used to paint upon the painting surface, which is usually a board such as untempered masonite, wood, or some form of art panel. Each time wax is added to the painting it must be fused into the previous layer of wax. I use a propane torch to fuse the wax. Various scrapers are used to scrape off unwanted areas of wax as the work progresses. This process is repeated many times. There are usually 20 or more layers of wax in a completed piece.