Sunday, October 26, 2014

I have recently been delving in to the world of encaustic, the art of painting with pigmented beeswax. Encaustics go back over 2,000 years to the ancient Greeks who used the pigmented beeswax to seal their boat hulls. Encaustic painting was also used to paint funerary portraits. It is a misnomer to believe that encaustic is not archival. In fact, it is one of the most stable and archival materials available. It does not fade or crack over time. Portraits done thousands of years ago are still as clear and richly colored as they were when they were painted. Check out the Fayum portraits at the Louvre.

"Spontaneous," 12 x 12, encaustic on wood panel