Encaustic painting is the ancient method of using melted beeswax and pigment. Using a heated palette, the paint is applied to the surface and then must also be fused, or melted, into the layer below it. In this manner, many layers of paint are built up to give a unique, luminescent appearance.
Here is a glimpse of materials, set up, and some sample encaustic paintings.
More pieces are located in the "Encaustic Painting" gallery.
Gallery of Encaustic Paintings
Most of these paintings are encaustic on wood panel.
Encaustic is the ancient method of painting using melted beeswax and pigment. Using a heated palette, the paint is applied to the surface and then must also be fused, or melted, into the layer below it. In this manner, many layers of paint are built up to give a unique, luminescent appearance.
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Care for an encaustic painting:
Encaustic paintings have survived for thousands of years; early examples from Greco-Roman Egypt date from around 200 B.C. However, with the introduction of beeswax in the painting medium, it is important to be mindful of the fact that beeswax will melt at 150 degrees F. So, it is not wise to leave your painting in your car in a hot parking lot in August, or place it where it would be exposed to extreme temperatures. But you would not do this with any painting anyway. The surface of the painting is also somewhat softer than that of oils, and small scratches are possible. You can buff the surface of the painting using a soft cotton cloth to bring out the shine.
I will try for this: to take a measured pace everyday, and regard the world. It is difficult enough, this work of considering and living our lives, when time and circumstance conspire against us. With much to see and learn from, a daily photograph to hold this part of the conversation....
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These paintings are from my recent series The Long Swim.
abide with me a moment,
the sun at our backs --
so we can savor our shadows...