7/21/2015

Wings, Wheels, Eyes

Encaustic based on Ezikiel 11.

Excavation!

Studio work today is reworking several encaustics that didn't make the cut. Excavating, or scraping back, will give me a nice textural surface to work out a fresh idea on.

7/13/2015

Chia Cherry Lemonade

Fill a 10-12 ounce glass 1/4 full with water, add 2 tablespoons chia seeds and stir. Add 2-3 tablespoons tart cherry concentrate, juice from 1 lemon, and stevia to taste. Stir. Add ice and water to top! 

7/09/2015

Painting with Fire









Two Passions: Art & Food!


Black Bean Burger with Cherry Tomaoes & Basil


Chia Lemonade


Blueberry Cobbler

30 Encaustic Paintings

This is a series of encaustics on 6" x 6" cradled panels begun July 10. I plan to complete 30 by the end of July. Purely experimental, incorporating as many techniques as I can imagine and research.



Encaustic #1 in progress July 10. Pearl Ex pigments.


Encaustic #2 in progress July 10. Pearl Ex pigments.


Encaustic #2 Finished-July 13, 2015

7/08/2015

Blueberry Cobbler!

Can't beat blueberry cobbler made from berries hand picked by someone you love!

Copper Framing for Cradled Panels

I'll be experimenting with copper banding to finish the edges of the cradled panels I  use for encaustic and acrylic paintings. I had been painting the sides copper or using colored wax. This should give a much more interesting finish to the panels. Plus, I can experiment with patinas! I'll use tacks to attach the copper. 

7/01/2015

What Are Encaustics?

I get this question a lot which is understandable. I think it's explained well here by encaustic artist Martha Rea Baker, and with a little history included.

 "Encaustic painting is an ancient medium using melted beeswax fused with heat. The word, “encaustic” comes from the Greek term (enkaustikos) meaning “to heat or burn in”. Heat is used throughout the encaustic painting process, from melting the beeswax and resin to fusing the layers of wax in the painting. Encaustic painting dates back to the Greeks, who used wax to caulk ship hulls and later added pigment to make decorative images. In Greco-Roman Egypt (100-200 AD), encaustic was used to paint wax portraits on mummy casings. The most famous of these  are known as the Fayum portraits. Unearthed almost 2000 years after their completion, they were found in tombs on high ground above the Egyptian oasis of Fayum, their colors as vivid as ever.Over time, encaustic went in and out of vogue as painters discovered easier, less labor intensive media such as tempera, fresco, oil painting and acrylic. In the twentieth century, the contemporary painter Jasper Johns is credited with reviving encaustic painting in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, thanks to new materials and techniques, encaustic is gaining popularity with artists and collectors worldwide."


 Martha Rea Baker Encaustics