While I’m on the subject of birds and encaustic, here’s a 6″x6″ encaustic bird that I did last year. This is similar to the 50 pieces I will be doing for the Sanchez Art Center 50-50 show.
The photograph of the bird was my starting point. You can see that it’s not a particularly good photograph, but the blurred and hazy quality suit my purposes well.
I glued the photo to a wood panel, protected it with clear encaustic wax, and then painted over it with clear and pigmented encaustic paint. I incised lines, rubbed oil paint into the incisions, scraped and scratched the surface, and then polished the scarred surface to a sheen.