I still am not happy with the technique and the stiffness of the black reeds on this painting. The wax is too hard to control because I can’t do thin lines or blend in the same way as I do with a brush and acrylic paint. I will work on the techniques of applying wax in order to keep the elements of the water and the shorelines. I also like woking on a high horizon line with the busyness at the top and the water reflections extending from the top to the bottom. This painting focuses on water reflections at the shoreline. I have finally discovered a technique using the iron to blend the colors into each other. I like the results using lines to suggest water and plant formations. This one still needs more work on the top because it looks so stiff.
I just did not like the stiff reeds in the above painting so I heated up the top area with my hot air gun and scraped off the reeds down to the paper. I turned it around and saw that the water suggested sky so added plant like formations over the bottom which suggested wild flowers and plants in a field.
Here is the final study and I hope it is done. I have a lot of difficulty telling myself that a painting is finished and keep looking at it for days. I start seeing that a colour needs to be added, or a line is too straight, or an area pops out too much. So, I work on it and sometimes destroy the painting or sometimes the changes improves the work. Once I am satisfied with all of the elements and principles in a painting then I can relax and not work on it again. I think this one is finished because I do like the colours in the composition and there is nothing that I want to add of take away. This is a 16″ X 16″ canvas.