Painting coming to life

Here is an example of the beginning stage of my encaustic watercolor process. As you can see, it starts out very watery and diffuse. The runny paint dries in beautiful shapes and colors. In a way this is my favorite phase, since the image hasn't happened yet and all is possibility. I like the drips and pooling of the pigment. The placement of shapes is still in flux. Figures are still a vague gesture. Will the horse remain blue? Unlike watercolor painting on paper, the pigment can be wiped away over and over.  If you live in Portland, OR, I am offering a class in this technique on Saturday,  May 11 in my studio.

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