The encaustic painting looks like a windblown sea under a starry sky, or perhaps snow in falling on the sea. Painted with encaustic (pharmaceutical grade beeswax strengthened with damar resin), I’ve added oil-stick and powdered metallic pigment, and in addition to using a butane torch and heat-lamp to fuse the several layers of paint, I’ve made use of a heat gun in order to blow apart the paint while in a liquid state: in this way creating the waves and the windblown foam. It’s a dynamic image that reveals numerous marks and intricate patterns impossible to paint in a conventional manner, and because the wax buffs up to a shine, the surface has a rich luster. The outside dimensions are 24x24x2.5 inches (62x62x6.5 cm). This work is painted on a cradled birch wood panel, is ready to hang, and is signed and dated on the back. This could be framed, if desired, but most encaustics are not framed and I think it is preferable to hang this directly with the image extending to the edge (although lifted by the depth of the panel).
encaustic paint, beeswax, powdered pigment, damar resin