Jul 14, 2011

Sue's Views

Encaustic Painting

By Sue Hulen

I was reading an article in Outskirts Press (write.publish.market) on Encaustic Painting and found it to be fascinating and wanted to share it with you. Also I would suggest you go to Outskirts Press and look around. It's a wonderful web site for artists and is also very helpful.

Encaustic Painting is absolutely beautiful. You'd probably have to have a lot of patience as it would be labor intensive and time consuming (especially in the "Encousitc 101 stage). I'd never heard of this genre of painting until today and I must say it's pretty impressive. Below you will see a gorgeous lily done in Encaustic. You'd never know it was done with hot wax. It's almost a 3D effect.
Jasper Johns

"Encaustic Painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface and metal tools and special brushes are used to shape the paint before it cools.

Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material.

This technique was notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300 AD, in the Blachernitissa and other early icons, as well as in many works of 20th-century American artists, including Jasper Johns."
Please take the time to take a peek at this genre of painting. I believe you'll be glad you took the time to do it.

Have a wonderful summer.
Sue Hulen

See a short video in the side bar on Encaustic Painting

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