Portraits in water soluble encaustics

bothTwo paintings of a Patagonia rancher who has been posing for me. 

The right, completed, is done in egg tempera. The left, still in progress, is done in Cuni encaustics. I’m very proud of the egg tempera painting; it has a complex expression and nicer color, but… next to the tempera, the encaustic seems to have an inner light, to have some magic of flesh rather than paint. This new encaustic doesn’t always give up its secrets easily. I struggled with it, but it has great potential. I think oil painters have a run for their claim that oil paint is the king for painting flesh. 

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American Journey (Cheap Joe’s) watercolors

This is the result of a late night internet session; kind of silly but maybe it will save someone some trouble. I have read that these are made by Da Vinci, so I thought they might be a good way to get some of the Da Vinci single pigment paints at a great price in large tubes. These have a lot of crazy names that give you no idea what the pigments are, and they don’t seem to have a color chart. You need to click on each pigment to find out the contents. I did find a catalog page, posted at the bottom, but it’s out of date. I quickly learned that this is a strange line of paints, and it doesn’t map to the Da Vinci paints consistently. It’s a huge line, full of many multi-pigment mixtures, including a lot of mixes with white.

Here are the single pigment paints, a good list but missing some of the more unusual ones in the Da Vinci line, not to mention some basics like burnt sienna.  I am not including any so-called iridescent paints). Check the website; errors are possible.

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Review of Guerra dispersions

I have been using my Createx pigment dispersions with the Cuni encaustic medium, and wanted to get some more colors, so I tried Guerra Paints in New York City. I ordered 1 oz. dispersion jars (the most expensive way to buy them, but I figured it made most sense until I see the colors). The order arrived in about 5 days, but there were two mistakes, colors I hadn’t ordered in place of ones I had. I called them the next day and they were very courteous and immediately shipped out the replacements, plus told me to keep the two jars, so I was pleased with their customer support. They charge both shipping and handling, which is kind of unusual these days, but each jar arrived with tape around the cap to prevent leakage and came with an extra ball-type squeeze cap, so I guess that’s the handling charge at work. It seemed reasonable overall.

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