This is truly random. Has anyone ever made their own oil sticks? All they are is pigment, oil and wax. I keep accidentally making encaustic paint that is way too soft. It never occurred to me that I might be able to use it for something.
One thing I like about the encaustic surface is being able to rub pastels and graphite into it. Working direct feels spontaneous, as though I can outrun my inhibitions. The slow precision of encaustic keeps my fears right up close to me, reminding me how little formal studio training I’ve had. That’s a wicked voice, by the way.
Having direct control of the line with a pigment stick would be fantastic. I could of course spend $50 on a stick. And I’ll do that—right after my root canal and bunion surgery.
When I get back to the studio, I might muck around with this idea. In the mean time, does anyone have any recipes or thoughts about oil sticks? And me? I am most certainly NOT in the studio. Where am I? Working on the Encaustic Materials Handbook and desiring some oil sticks. I have got to get out from under this thing soon.
I leave you with some early work by UK painter William Scott. He was a wonderful artist, contemporary of Mark Rothko etc. who was simply on the wrong continent for abstract expressionism during the 1950’s. Look at this beautiful work: