This is a small encaustic painting: this means that it's painted in highly-pigmented pharmaceutical-grade beeswax that's combined with damar resin. The resin makes the surface impermeable and hard once cooled. That's the other thing about encaustic: one paints hot (175 degrees F). Painting this way allows me to build up layers of colors and to manipulate the surface in such a way that intricate lines and swirls and other eddies of color become possible, in effect, not just mimicking the natural processes, but actually using the same forces (liquid to solid state, thermal and air currents, etc. The images look, I think, like the formations on finds on earth, in rocks, in the sky, in the ocean . . . plus the finished work has the natural luminosity and sheen of beeswax.
This particular encaustic painting is on the "warm" side: rich yellows, reds, amber . . . it's intricate and highly detailed.
birch wood cradled hardboard, encaustic paint, wooden frame