This 24x24x1.5 inch encaustic painting is shaped primarily by thermal energy and air currents. Encaustic is highly-pigmented pharmaceutical-grade beeswax and each layer must be fused with heat to the previous layer of paint. I use a butane torch and an air gun to this, and I've also used oil stick here because the oil can cause the pigment to separate into interesting patterns when torched or touched with the air currents front he heat gun. While this is painting, it's not so much representational as it is a re-creation of natural forces: the minerals in the pigments combined with the medium of the beeswax, the air and the heat, the change from a molten state to a solid one when the work cools: I'm using these to create my own little tempestuous sea. The colors are a rich turquoise, cobalt blue, deep violet and a dark ultramarine blue; the top portion is a slightly-yellow tinged white. The 1.5 inch deep wooden cradle is painted in matching shades of white, turquoise and blue. This is wired and ready for hanging, signed and dated on the back, and shipped with a digitally-registered Certificate of Authenticity. This last insures originality and will permit the collector to assert it's increasing value over time, as well as protect the transfer of ownership.
encaustic paint, cradled basswood panel