Encaustic Arts Magazine WINTER 2017 - Page 81

Frequently when I paint I will stand at a distance and take the art in as a whole. This allows me to see the full-color spectrum behind Black and White. As the layers deepen these nuances finally begin to show through. For instance, one white might appear more blue, another green. One black sways towards red, while another veers violet. Pair that with the underlying warmth of the birch wood and layers of encaustic medium, a natural “opalescence” develops that can really only be achieved with encaustic. Juggling these subtleties is an art unto itself. Even though Black and White are limited, they are not simple. M a n e & Ta l e n o . 2 , e n c a u s t i c a n d horsehair on birch panel, 22 x 8 inches, 2016