Leo, 12×12 encaustic collage
I was raised on a farm in western Kansas. The smell of the dusty earth and ripened wheat was a cyclical part of my life, marking seasons and years. Although I have been a city girl since my adulthood, the impact of farm life will forever leave its beautiful mark on my days.
The making of Leo, so named after my father and grandfather, farmers of the earth:
After priming the 12×12 Encausticbord by Ampersand, the 1904 Grain Ledger was dipped in encaustic medium, as was the John Deere combine (even though my guys drove Massey Ferguson). After fusing, more encaustic medium was layered and the sky begun.
Thanks to Judy Wise, I felt confident in mixing my own colors and then layering them to produce the real look of wheat. I used four different color variations to come up with the red winter wheat blend. After the layers were laid, the incising began to produce the distinct heads of wheat.
A good rub down with an R&F Pigment Stick in raw umber added depth to the wheat.
Ooo, I feel a series coming on.