Encaustic Cows

I took a graduate course at Syracuse University in May 2012.  In six weeks, I created fifty paintings!  I love the briskness of the brushstrokes, the smell of the wax and the intensity of the color!  It’s all about texture too and the fact that I can easily incorporate mixed media items into the work.  My favorite thing was adding the Monopoly money as collage because I’m really into using game pieces in my work.  Playing cards, dice, and other gaming elements evoke personal connections for the viewer while still maintaining my own emotional link, which makes the work have a more universal quality.

Instead of oil paint mixed with wax, these paintings are made with oil pastels melted into the wax.  I was able to get variations in the hues using this method, which was an experiment that I enjoyed.  I photographed cows in Lafayette, NY almost twenty years ago, deciding finally to use the references to create a series of stencils to carve into the first layer of wax.  They are painted on masonite mounted on chalkboard painted masonite and are available for $125 each.

Sacred One, 18" x 18", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Sacred One, 18″ x 18″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Chocolate Milk, 18" x 18", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Chocolate Milk, 18″ x 18″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Tete-a-Tete, 18" x 18", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Tete-a-Tete, 18″ x 18″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Dawn of Aquarius, 18" x 18", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Dawn of Aquarius, 18″ x 18″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Tails, 18" x 18", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Tails, 18″ x 18″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Head Over Heels, 18" x 18", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Head Over Heels, 18″ x 18″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Strawberry Field, 18" x 18", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Strawberry Field, 18″ x 18″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Idol, 18" x 18", 2012, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Idol, 18″ x 18″, 2012, $125

 

Purple Cow, 18" x 18", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Purple Cow, 18″ x 18″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

Libra, 18" x 18", 2012, encaustic, $125
Karen Tashkovski, Libra, 18″ x 18″, 2012, encaustic, $125

 

 

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