Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Disaster in the studio…

While threading the twine through the copper balls late yesterday afternoon I bumped one – hard, I cracked the wax supporting it near the base which meant it was no longer embedded firmly.

I was furious with myself and walked away to calm down, when suddenly the solution for how to mend it came to me.  Wanting to get it sorted out straight away, I took a deep breath and headed back into the studio, I should have just stayed away…

Heating the substrate from below was a good idea, but it required more delicacy and patience than I had to give at the end of the day.  Now I have a smooth puddle in my lovely textureL 

I don’t think it is reparable; I am going to try, this morning while I am feeling fresh, but I think I am going to have to end up melting the whole painting off and starting again.  It is one of the beauties of encaustics that I can do that, but it’s so sad as I really loved the texture in this piece and I was ready for it to be finished so I could move onto the next piece that is on my mind.  

I suppose these days happen to make us appreciate the days when everything goes right…


  1. oh dear, working with wax can be so delicate and temperamental, in one split second can undo hrs of work, especially while using the heat gun. It will be a shame for you to melt this piece,have you considered waiting a day or two and thinking it over, there may be a way to replicate the texture that you have not considered.

  2. This is such a fascinating process... I've only used wax to seal pieces, so I'm not very familiar.

    I'm sorry you had a tough day in the studio (that I am too familiar with).

    On a positive note, your photo is gorgeous - it reminds me of a sunny day at the beach.


  3. Oh my - one of *those* days in the studio :( ... I know that feeling!

    As much as it's easy for me to say on a good day, it's often the HUGE muck-ups that have informed my artworks positively for many months to come.

    Also, the artworks I've struggled with most usually end up becmoing my favourites once they're finally complete (after a period of time - when I stop being reminded of the previous 'mistakes' when I look at it!)

    I agree with Tracey - sometimes waiting a little while away from it can help you return with a fresh mind and heart.

    All the very best with it sunshine x


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