Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Maids and Music (More Encaustic)

I found an old set of photo prints of famous paintings at an antique mall last spring.  Most of the prints were missing from the set and the remaining ones are brittle and foxing.  I used one in 'Playmates' a few days ago (John S. Sargent's Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose).  I really liked the way the encaustic medium made the image translucent and brought out the sepia tones in it so I tried another one yesterday.  In this piece, Maids and Music, I used the print of The Golden Stairs by Sir Edward Burne-Jones.

Encaustic collage. 8x10 on cradled board.         
I included music, a decorative strip cut from kraft paper and lightly touched with gold pigment ink, mulberry paper with a gold pattern, a Japanese maple leaf and Love-in-a-mist blossom, and burnt umber encaustic paint.  The layers of encaustic medium give the piece a dreamy quality and some depth so it's like looking into the past.

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