Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Small Birds

Taking a photograph to the next stage of encaustic painting often requires a "reinventing" of ones once tried and true painting methods. Especially true of this series.  I did four tests that all but ruined the subtle qualities that I so loved in these images.  At times I feel like I'm forcing the image to go somewhere it's refusing to go and leaving the photo as is, unpainted is actually OK?  But when the muse keeps calling me to continue painting, I must keep trying. Working larger proved to be my answer, nearly revolutionary in expanding my techniques and abilities to finesse the final image.