Supple Dance Below My Chapeau
I've always been inspired by artists that portray movement and life, as I progress as an artist, it's one of the things I hope to master.
As the subject tilts her head, splotches of melted wax and pigment follow her like a shadow. This subtle effect is used to trick the eye into thinking the subject is moving, and can be compared to a blurry movement in a photograph.
Working with encaustics forces the artist to adapt to the fluid movements of the molten wax and use it to their advantage; in the process of creating this piece I tried to pick subject matter that complemented the aqueous dynamic of the medium. So I chose to do a portrait that has the effect of looking like the subject is frozen in time -- frozen in the wax.
This was my first shot at encaustic, so I kind of just went with it and let the melting wax do most of the work.