Nov 11, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays Study and Create Week 2

I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.
~Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock

This week a look at the style and work of Jackson Pollock. Pollock was a leader of the abstract expressionist movement and founder of what is referred to as "action Painting". His practices all together revolutionized modern art. 
"Autumn Rhythm"  Jackson Pollock 1950

In order to study his work you must also take note of his physical painting style, actions, and use of tools. Much like we do today especially in encaustic art, and intuitive painting, we grab for unusual  and out of the ordinary  tools that will make interesting marks , and take note of how those marks make us feel as we are painting. 
Number 8 Jackson Pollock

~Jackson Pollock

Pollock used dried up stiff paint brushes , sticks, trowels, and turkey basters. But what I find truly  challenging for myself is his revolutionary application of the paint ,where  there is a pure lack of contact between the artist and the canvas. This disconnect between the painting tool and the surface are what I felt truly unique throughout this painting study process. 
"Reflection of the Big Dipper" Jackson Pollock 1948

The other unique element is the constant movement around the canvas as it was on the floor. Movement of the body , the arm , wrist , feet, all wholly connected and involved in the painting process. The use of the entire artist's body to achieve a painting. 

Keeping all of this in mind and using it in the inspiration for this weeks encaustic painting. 

Wax on Wednesdays are usually small study works , but Pollock was also famous for going BIG, 
so I felt compelled to do this weeks Wax onWednesdays on a 24x24 birch wood panel , the largest I have done here for  Wax on Wednesdays (and the largest that will fit on screen:). 

Supplies I used this week are:
R and F encaustic medium
24x24 birch board
 brushes some stiff


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Painting is self-discovery. 
Every good artist paints what he is.
~Jackson Pollock

Happy Creating! 


  1. Oh wow! I felt so involved in your creation of this beautiful painting. Thank you so much for sharing your creative process! I can definitely see Pollock in your work and I think he would be so proud of the piece you have created in his style. should make more of these!!

    1. Awe thank you so much Gigi! I am so glad that you enjoyed this method !!! It was a wonderful experience , but it took a bit to get the studio recovered from this process . I keep finding little bits of wax , I wasn't aware I could fling that far away ! Thanks for watching :)

  2. Thank you for the constant inspiration, Shari! I see you didn't coat your board with encaustic gesso. Will the wax remain adhered over time?


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