Next week I’m going to do a tutorial on how to make wax medium. Monday I’ll talk about wax I like and where to get it. Wednesday I’ll post photos. And Friday the electrician may be on site so I may start a little series about the pain of intarsia.Here’s an image of Accidental Sea, a detail of which is in the header. The support is masonite, from a piece I discarded a few weeks earlier. I like this piece because it was an accident (like the title, right?). I have it in my dining room right now where I can look at it each morning and ask myself, how did that cool thing happen? How will I ever be able to do it again?
I meant to do something geometrical. One third ochre and two thirds blue with some quilt square structure in the blue part. When I fused with the iron, I ended up pushing the colors into one another. Ochre is friendly like that, takes wax easily and has a natural get-along quality with other colors.
After the piece cooled and one moment before I decided it was a failure as a precise geometrical exercise, I incised the middle section down to the primer.
And yes, the primer is flat house paint. I’m not proud.
All this time I had been working with it horizontally. I walked around the table (doing damage to something else I’m sure) and saw it from a vertical orientation. And…it looked nothing like what I thought. It was a Turner seascape, all mysterious and stormy.
It’s about two months old and I’ve kept the vertical orientation. The bloom has been polished off twice. I’m keeping it close to hand so I can watch how bloom develops—and marvel at what a person can do when they start out to do something else.