Lanikai-sunriseThanks to all of you who (virtually) followed me on my trip home to Hawaii. I had a great time and I hope you enjoyed it too! If you missed it, you can still find photos and video on Instagram and Facebook.

Before I left I was commissioned to make a painting of this place, Lanikai Beach, which holds special meaning for me. It’s one of the beaches where I grew up and it’s always my first and last stop when I am back. And why not? I mean, look at it!

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Lanikai-colortest-pre-smI love painting water, and doing it with encaustic makes it especially exciting for me.  I envision building up the layers, one over the next, and pushing the translucency to capture the special feeling of this place. For this painting color will be the key. I’ve got to get it right so I came prepared.

I started some of the under painting before I left and made some color samples to bring with me using the colors I thought were most likely to work well in the painting. That sweet little necklace was given to me by the friend who commissioned the painting, because the color reminded her of this beautiful water. I brought that with me too and she was absolutely right! It was a perfect match.

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lanikai-easelI had a great time checking my colors as I visited different areas of the beach, looking for just the right match. Now that I’m back in Portland it will be satisfying to bring Lanikai Beach to life again in my studio.

I’ve just started blocking in the colors at this point, but I’m already liking the look. I’ll add an image of the finished painting here when it’s done. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

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Linda Robertson is a painter and the author of the Embracing Encaustic book series. She offers live encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes.

 

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