House No. 119: Traditional Japanese Gassho-Zukuri House
encaustic on paper18 in. x 12 in.
Day two of encaustics. I started with the cookie sheet, but I moved up to a foil-covered pizza stone because it holds the heat longer and it is so hot that I can get the wax to really pool. Check it out in these close-up detail shots:
The trees were my favorite part to create, and I love the waxy surface they created. I worked into those parts of the image for a long time, wiping and reapplying and scraping.
I think those two details work as little abstract compositions in their own right, don't you? Here are some more details so you can see the wax application:
I also used carry-out chopsticks to scrape and spread the wax, which seems sort of appropritate, considering the Asian architecture.
I really like the earthy tones in this one. And I love the way the traditional architecture works with its environment, so I tried to capture that in the image.