cleaning the studio...

...and other adventures in art

Today was primary-color day.  Red-Yellow-Blue.

It’s probably obvious that I love color, but I feel the urge to go wild with color with these small encaustic pieces.  There’s no risk…I can easily scrape the wax off if it just doesn’t work.  And color that might seem too bright for me in a larger piece can be quite appealing in something this small.

I like the idea of going towards jewel-tones for the overall effect of the grid of 49 pieces (plus one on the side). Next week, I’ll lay out a grid of nails so that I can start deciding the layout for hanging the show.  I can’t let the color fight between pieces.  This set of work could be titled “Plays Well With Friends”, or hopefully so, at least.

I worked on three pieces today, though I only finished the one.  But here’s the color palette of the three:

Original artwork by Barbara Downs, The Daily Bird, Encaustic/Oil/Photo on Panel