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The Things We Used to Do

I haven’t posted anything about my paintings for a while, so here’s a sneak peak at what I’ve been up to.

I’ve been working on a series of smallish, shaped encaustic paintings to be part of my next exhibition at Yumart in September. For those unfamiliar with encaustic, it is a wax paint. The word comes from the greek enkaustikos, meaning to burn in. Traditionally, the wax paint is applied to a surface and then gently heated again. I’m using pigment and in some cases oil paint in a medium made from refined beeswax with a small amount of damar resin. The damar adds hardness and raises the melting point of the medium for a tougher surface. These days electric fry pans and heat guns make the whole process easier than it once was.

Here is one of the new paintings, called The Things We Used to Do.

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This painting (and the whole series) is on a wood ground which I have carved to shape using a mini-grinder. It’s about 18X12. At this point there are 6 new encaustic paintings ready and I think that is going to be it for this series.

It’s time to do a studio clean-up and reorganization, which I’ll be working on next week. After that I’ll be back at it and we’ll see where the new work goes from here.



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