Encaustic:: Narrative and Abstract

Encaustic is a luscious medium: hot wax applied in thin layers, translucent colors later buffed to a shine.

 

You can draw into the wax while it is still warm, or scratch into its surface to reveal colors below.

 

Color is such a strong component of the narrative encaustic that it easily led to framing the intimate pieces in strips of brightly painted wood.

Color is also the major element of the abstract encaustics. The wobbly stripes are waves and water, light and shadow.

 

When I paint the encaustic over patterned material, I play off the patterns and colors in shaky grids.