Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wax


I had my first play with encaustic wax painting last night. I had the idea of folding blobs of wax in the paper and ironing it while it was sealed to create mirror images. Most of the nice vein effect comes from unpeeling the wet wax. I'm sure the same effect could be achieved in paint to create blobs that could seed automatism, as in Decalcomania, Eclaboussure, Fumage etc.

I'm painting the second colour study to Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane at the moment and wrote a bouncy Christmas rock song yesterday while doing it called Christmas in the Sun, because the news is full of snow and I began to think of Christmas in Australia, naturally! Here are the words:

Oh what will you play, Kevin?
Oh what will you do when you awake?
Richard's gone away,
wonder if you'll see him.
When you wake we'll fly away,

and we'll have Christmas in the sun.
Christmas by the water.
Christmas in the sun
on a sandy beach.
We'll have Christmas in the sun
You and everybody
will be having fun!
'till the day is done!
Christmas in the sun,
this year.

Oh when shall we go, Kevin?
Oh when will you wake, to go?
Richard's gone away,
do you want to see him?
Open up your eyes for me

and we'll have Christmas in the sun.
Christmas by the water.
Christmas in the sun
on a sandy beach.
We'll have Christmas in the sun
You and everybody
will be having fun!
'till the day is done!
Christmas in the sun,
this year.

Oh what will you say, Kevin?
Cry my tears of joy when you awake?
Richard's gone away
are you off to see him?
When your morning comes we'll fly

and we'll have Christmas in the sun.
Christmas by the water.
Christmas in the sun
on a sandy beach.
We'll have Christmas in the sun
You and everybody
will be having fun!
'till the day is done!
Christmas in the sun,
this year.

The end. In other news my plaster is still rather damp and cold (it was minus five degrees here last night!) and so I'll leave it a little longer while I paint.

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