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.