A Cool New Painting for Winter

"Jetsons' Holiday" Encaustic on Baltic Birch 10" x 10" x 1.75" deep © 2009 Marilyn Fenn

“Jetsons’ Holiday”
Encaustic on Baltic Birch
10″ x 10″ x 1.75″ deep
© 2009 Marilyn Fenn

This is the second of my Organics series using encaustic.  I have started several more in this series in oil, and will likely attempt some in acrylic, as well.  And of course, there are all the sketches.

This piece went through quite a few changes during its creation.  That’s one of the challenging things for me about encaustic.  I may think I know where I’m going when I get started on a new piece, but things have a way of getting out of control when fusing each new application of wax to a melted state again (not necessary, but I love the process and especially the glassy smooth outcome) — however, it is fraught with the danger of losing edges and shapes that one already established.

This piece has many layers to it and a very thick coat of gorgeous translucent clear beeswax. Way down almost to the very bottom layer are some lovely shapes cut out of rice paper and coated in a celadon green wax, but you can only see memories of them now. There were also several strands of “beads” of wax paint in lime green that were very carefully applied, one bead at a time, that have now blurred to a few soft, hazy lines.

And, now that I have two solid little paintings and about 8 or 9 of sketches in my new Organics series, I also have a new gallery page on which to gather them all together: Organics.

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The role of art for me is the visualization of attitude, of the human attitude towards life, towards the world. And I think I’ve said before that there is no difference between science and art when it comes to creativeness, productiveness, to come to conclusions and to formulations. That’s the same I think. And scientists can be just as creative as an artist.

— Josef Albers
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Composition Number 5, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 12 x 9 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Color-Mini 2015-030 Oil on canvas 6 x 6 © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 2, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 8 x 10 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn Composition Number 8, 2013 - Acrylic on panel - 12 x 9 - © 2013 Marilyn Fenn