I love it when artists share their processes, and the ways a painting gets started to where it ends up. I am a big fan of layers. I will be working on at least 5-6 paintings at once, all at different stages. That way, there is always something new to work on, my layers have time to dry before I start the next one, and if I don't like something I did, I can cover it up with the next layer.
Here is the next in my series, showing how my paintings grow from the beginnings, through their 'rough' phase, and to the finished painting. In this painting, I was experimenting with shellac and wax and setting it on fire. It didn't work quite as I expected, and ended up more charred than interesting. I then tried to save it with some stripes of white acrylic paint. Again, once I let this one sit for a while on my work table, I decided that the distinct lines needed to disappear. I smoothed them out and added some brighter colours for the end piece.
© 2016 Kimberli Werner, ’Appearing’, encaustic wax, glitter, acrylic, collage on canvas, 6” x 6”.