This painting is 10-14cm long in the mount. It is mounted in white mountboard and comes protected in a cellophane bag.
Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos), this refers to the way that the colour is applied to the painting surface.
Encaustic painting is an ancient technique, however the modern revival of it only came about due to the availability of hot electrical tools and particularly that of a hot iron, which is the main implement used to paint with. This is noticeable in some of the sweeping ‘strokes’ used the pictures.
Coloured wax is applied directly to specially heat-sealed card by using a ‘painting iron.’
The application of the wax is free-flowing and a very relaxing and meditative process. Remarkable effects can be produced by it. In fact, often, no two people will see a picture in the same way.
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