Summer has been over for a few months. I have closed up the studio at the cottage and am now working in a small space in the laundry room at my condo. It is not an ideal space but I am the type of person that needs to be busy working with my hands. I can not sit for long and get quite restless if I have no challenges in my life. So, I am doing small studies of the lake in encaustic. Still love the medium of using wax with pigments. I have been trying all kinds of ideas and still always come back to the lake theme.
This latest painting was inspired by the above photograph. I decided to focus on the reds and the shimmering of the water. I first lay down a honeycomb grid and added lines over this background. Then, I scraped the surface and used an iron to blend the colours and push other elements into the background. At the end I added reed marks and more shapes and once again pushed those elements into the surrounding area. Here are step one and two with the final painting.