Dry brush is one of my favorite and most used techniques in encaustic. Repetitively brushing an area with a paint-loaded brush creates a build up of wax giving great texture. You can see it here depicting snow bank by an icy lake.
Exploring deeper into water imagery, I’m using encaustic as a transparent layer over the base painting also done in encaustic as well as shellac. The rippling effect is almost hypnotic to me. Perhaps this image would have even greater impact in a bigger format. What do you think? “Tide pool”, encaustic mixed media on 8”x8” Wood Panel. #mixedmedia
The beginning of a painting is for me the most exciting time of creativity. Jasper John, the father of modern encaustic painting, said that he either sees it and paints it or paints it then sees it. I really never know what will be revealed until it’s done and THAT is why I love this unpredictable medium so much.
Encaustic means "to burn in" and the medium is unlike any other. The paint for this piece is made from beeswax, a tree resin called damar, and natural earth pigments. The wax is layered on while molten, and must be fused, or burnt into, the layer below using heat. I use both blow torch (for fast, smooth fusing) and heat gun (to maintain texture and control). Wax can be carved and manipulated as shown here, and an oil inlay is used for the details on the trees. Stay tuned for the finished piece!
My latest collection of art is centered around rushing water. Personally, I’m really afraid of the power of water. My worst nightmare is being stranded on the ocean, alone. Maybe that’s why I paint it. The beauty and awesome power of turbulent water draws me in and I need to express “what batters us makes us stronger”. Encaustic beeswax medium I believe beautifully captures the fluidity of water as shown in this piece. “Battered Shore”, encaustic, 8”x8” Panel. Come by #wlast and see it in person. June 2-3.
Wow! Look at the beautiful inspiration I found at my local farmers market! I’m a big believer that beauty is all around us and waiting just outside to be discovered. No plane ticket required. Shoot back your own beautiful local nature shot in comments if you agree. @loudounfarmmkts
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Free lecture on the history of pigments. Friday 4th May. David Coles from Langridge, in conjunction with the Art Gallery of South Australia. 'Colours of Impressionism'. Redford Auditorium.
In the studio today cooking encaustic medium - there's something very meditative about this process! I use a ratio of 8:1 beeswax to damar resin 😄
1. Begin by melting the damar resin - it gets super gooey!
2. Add approx 1/4 of the wax and as it melts, stir everything together
3. Once fully blended, add the rest of the beeswax and patiently wait for it to melt
4. Ladel the gorgeous smelling liquid medium into silicone molds
5. When fully cooled, pop out
Total time: 2.5 hours - loud noise in the videos is my exhaust fan - safety first 😎
I'm offering private encautic classes in my studio this Spring! If you ever wanted to explore this exciting, unpredictable, versatile medium -- now's the time! $45/hour. Not into wax? I also offer drawing and mixed media painting as well. click the link in my bio for more information.
Snow is falling here in Virginia. It’s a day of hot chocolate, board games and movie marathons with the family. This piece is “Blue Stream”, 11”x14”, encaustic on Aluminum Panel. Off to the frame shop.
#marchmeetthemaker ✨Day 15 ✨💫🌙Boomerang 🌙 Damar Resin Melting 🐝Encaustic Paint In The Making 🐝 At first I was so confused by this prompt. This is the first I have discovered Boomerang ! Soo Much Fun ......