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Here is a young woman who is on her way to the town well. She balances the ceramic jars on her young hips with an attitude of assurance. I used the beautiful, but challenging medium of encaustic, hot, pigmented beeswax and tree resin to created luminosity and texture. I carved through the layers on her dress to create pattern and more texture. This is on a cradled board and needs no framing.
So, what is encaustic? It’s an artform with ancient roots that produces very modern results.
Heat is employed to melt beeswax that combined with damar resin (crystallized tree sap) produces a thick varnish, strong enough to caulk ship hulls.
Colored pigments can be added to the substance, and then, each layer is reheated to fuse with its predecessor.
Once encaustic wax is applied, the images become archival, thereby eliminating the need of traditional glass or framing
beeswax, tree resin, powdered pigments60