Winter is a lovely time to dabble in encaustics, as there are always elements of heat involved. Melting wax on a hot griddle and fusing the layers with a hot air gun aren’t often things you want to do in summer’s heat, but they warm up me and the studio nicely in the colder months.
I don’t have a lot of experience using encaustics, but I do enjoy experimenting with the process of blending colours and more currently, embedding objects into the wax. These are two small pieces 6” x 6” on encaustic board where embedding is used. In the first, I’ve used a print of one of my paintings under layers of transparent wax. The fish and their circle is an original coloured pencil piece that I’ve only now made available for sale. The circle and its eternal, yet opposing directions reminds me of life and with that life, its origins, represented by the embedded ‘eggs’ on the lower half of the piece. In reality they are pink peppercorns.
The second piece ‘Eye of the Forest’ was inspired by the wooden layer of bark that I found discarded by some felled trees, the remnant of a knot where a branch arose. The patterning and placement flowed from there, as I wanted it to fit into a natural, yet somewhat dream like place.
Look for more encaustic from me this year, as time allows. I fully intend to test this medium and push its limits. Next step: burning surfaces, but not til I can get a clear day and a dry patch of driveway!