This abstract encaustic painting is dominated by reds and blues: rose madder, quinacridone red, reddish-copper, deep violet, light teal, turquoise, cobalt blue. There's some elevated texture in the upper half that seems to cascade down into the smoother sections of the lower half. There's a great deal of stratification and complexity through the layers. Encaustic is highly-pigmented pharmaceutical-grade beeswax strengthened by damar resin which permits the cooled wax to become hard, shiny and archival. One paints "hot" (the wax medium heated to about 190 degrees F), and fuses each layer. In this painting, I used a heat gun, a small butane torch, and a heat lamp. Painted on a 2 inch deep cradled birch panel, this work is unframed and does not require a frame, although it certainly could be framed if so desired. A striking burst of color on any wall (easy to imagine this at the end of a hallway, for example), or to pick up on accent colors in a living room. While "splashy" in one sense, because of the intricacy and density of marks, close looking is rewarded. Signed and dated inside the cradled panel, this work ships with a digitally-registered Certificate of Authenticity.
encaustic paint, powdered pigment, oil stick, cradled birch panel