As an artist, I have recently been working with encaustic. Over the holidays I was lovingly gifted an enormous amount of beeswax. Needless to say I swooned as I opened the box containing 15 pounds of this magical stuff. Prices have been going up with the sad plight of the bees. So this gift was incredible. I couldn’t help but all to often stoop down to marvel, sniff and pet this huge block of magic. But yesterday…the time had come to begin the process of re-working it so I could start painting. It has been too long.
This is stage one — melting it down and putting it into more easily dealt with bricks. The next step will be adding the necessary ingredients…. damar varnish crystals and of course, pigments. Encaustic is no fast art. It’s quite like meditation. Everything slows down. The house begins to smell like the pollen of thousands of flowers. There is nothing like it in the world. I am convinced of this.
To see some of my recent encaustic work go here