Having such a frustrating time with my work over the past few weeks. Nothing seems to be working. I had decided to give up on encaustic because I have such a small space to work and I only have the bathroom exhaust fan that moves the toxic wax fumes out of the area so I have had difficulty with the smell of fumes. So, I decided to return to oil paint and leave encaustic over the next three months. After working on a 30″ X 30 oil painting of the Marshes at the lake I became so depressed with the work and using oil paint. Oil paint also smells strong and I believe is much worse than the heated wax fumes. I also did not like the flatness of the oil on the canvas and really missed working with the multiple layering of the pigmented wax. The thought of giving up on encaustic did not last long and I am going to try a new strategy for using the wax. Try working with heated pigmented wax over shorter periods of time and then clean out the air for an hour and then work again for another hour and then repeat this schedule. I also found that working in the evening before going to bed is good because over the night the air becomes exchanged in my work space. Let’s hope this process works because I am really hooked on encaustic. It has been the most exciting medium that I have used in a long time.
Here is the piece that I just finished in encaustic and the size is 24″ x 24″.