6x6 Encaustic on panel, black floater frame. Tigger, from Winnie the Pooh.
This encaustic painting of a plush Tigger toy, is the fourth in a series of stuffed animal paintings of Winnie the Pooh characters. Why, you might ask, does a fifty something year old woman still own stuffed animals? THEY’RE FOR WHEN MY NEICES AND NEPHEW VISIT! And, yes, they are in their 20s and 30s now. What’s your point?
Tigger reminds me of the overly enthusiastic kid who wants to join your gang. Sure, he invades your personal space, and indeed, he sprays you a little with spittle every time he uses the letter “S”, but his bouncy joyfulness is infectious, so you let him join your gang anyway.
I enjoyed the mid-tone heaviness of these Pooh encaustic paintings, that created a sense of atmosphere that better represents a memory of the toy, as opposed to the actual toy itself. I liked that quality, and the resulting sensitivity.
"The wonderful thing about tiggers
Is tiggers are wonderful things!
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs!
They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is
I'm the only one." ~Tigger
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6x6 Encaustic on panel, black floater frame. Winnie the Pooh
From my original Instagram post:
6x6 encaustic paint
Got the primary set of ceracolors, and painted Pooh out on my back deck while waiting for the A/C repairperson.
It's water miscible, so clean up is quick. Loving the texture, but they dry super fast. I need to order their retarder, and maybe their molding paste, for even more impasto effects. Damn, I'm hooked.
6x6 Encaustic on panel, black floater frame.
From my original Instagram Post:
Eeyore broods a lot. Me too. (Especially since Nov 2016). I placed Eeyore in the center of the panel, as the shape of his body follows the classic triangle used in some compositions. Also, placing a subject in the center creates a more calm composition, and as dejected as he often is, Eeyore strikes me as a super chill dude. Yeah, his tail keeps falling off, but he's resigned to it. His kind of worry is about acceptance. He's prepared for things to not go well. As opposed to piglet, who often frets, and is more likely to work himself into a dither. I'm more like piglet that way.
Piglet, Pooh's Best Friend
6x6 Encaustic on panel, black floater frame. Piglet from Winnie the Pooh.
From my original Instagram post:
6x6 encaustic on encausticbord
For this toy painting, I was really thinking about "less". By less, i mean, saying just enough, for the painting to still read well, without having to describe every detail.
The encaustic paint I'm using dries really fast, so it's hard to get color puddles mixed that will stay workable for long. You can reactivate them, but it seems like the color isn't as highly pigmented when you add lots of water after they have completely dried. With this constraint, I thought I'd try keeping just one color puddle wet, that I could then shift into warmer or cooler variations. This is a bit different from how I work with oils, where i create a few color mixes, which, opens up my palette (and I can dip into different, cleaner mixtures).
I ended up enjoying this way of working, and may try the same technique on an oil painting. It creates a nice tonalist (in this case, mid-tone heavy) painting, and the sense of atmosphere works well when painting toys, I think. It better represents a memory of the toy, as opposed to the actual toy itself. I like that quality, and the resulting subtly. Boiling a subject down to it's essence is friggin hard.