Hanging Your Works

“Part of the joy of looking at art is getting in sync in some ways with the decision-making process that the artist used and the record that’s embedded in the work.”
Chuck Close

In this video I will demonstrate a couple of ways that I prepare my encaustic works for hanging. These techniques work well for small, light weight works as well of large heavy pieces that might have numerous layers of wax and 3D objects attached.

Adhering Papers #1

Although our main project in this introductory program did not include paper as part of the substrate, I thought I would share with you how I attach papers to the base of my encaustic works ensuring that they are well attached.

Adhering Papers #2 – Photographs

In addition to attaching papers and other collage materials to my substrate I will also include photographs. While working with Photo-Encaustic is a unique process unto itself, I share here how I attach photographs and a few things to consider if you are wanting to incorporate photos in your works.

I created this photo-encaustic work using a stunning black and white photograph that was taken by my wonderful friend, photographer Oliviero Olivieri. It depicts an ancient nuraghic structure on the island of Sardinia.

Trimming the Image

As you well know, often the success of our works comes down to the little details of our process. Here I share a couple of tips on how to trim the excess of your pieces so that we have crisp, clean edges that blend into your substrate.

Protecting the Edge

As has been stated…repetition is the mother of all skill development. In the next two videos I review some information about preparing your substrates for working with encaustic paint, and how to continue to work them up with wax.

Applying Wax and Fusing

I included this additional video showing the application of wax and fusing as it is shot with some great raking natural light so that you can really see the wax as its melting and cooling. Applying and fusing wax are the most important skills to focus on at this point and definitely deserve a great deal of our time, care and attention.

“Problem Child”

While it might not be the most politically correct term, “Problem Children” is the name that I give my works that somehow thwart me. These are the works that for whatever reason, (and by no fault of their own) end up unfinished and laying around my studio. I have way too many of these – and maybe you do too! These are the works that I’m not sure how to proceed or finish, and the problems vary from piece to piece. In this video I’m going to attempt to resolve one of my numerous “Problem Children”. Wish me luck! And all the best to you as you deal with your own “Problem Children!”


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