Encaustic Arts Magazine WINTER 2017 - Page 80

I limited myself to a handful of basic R&F encaustic colors: Ivory Black, Titanium White and of course my favorite white ever created—Neutral White. I began exploring the nuances of other colors as white substitutions: R&F’s Cerulean Grey and Green Gold Pale became instant favorites. Enkaustiko’s Antique Gold Pearl became a seductive way to warm up my blacks. The natural color of the birch wood also played an integral part to warming up the mid-tones and drawing them towards brown.  The slight amber cast of the beeswax also brought the grey into the light, so to speak.  Grey is easily influenced and therefore the array of neutral tones is staggering. Dust Devil, encaustic on birch panel, 18 x 30 inches, 2016