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Nature art in oil, encaustic, egg tempera and mixed media
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Creating 60x60 oil painting of Gladys, from start to finish video
Link to video: http://flipagram.com/f/UfafADm6zM

Encaustic: What is it? Preparing to apply additional layers of pigmented encaustic (wax)
Between steps of working on a 3 piece (triptych) of koi swimming. Each custom, light weight wooden panel measures 36x36 inches, for a total of 3' by 9' for the finished piece.


Encaustic is the very earliest known form of paint, first used by the Greeks over 2000 years ago. The amazing Fayum Mummy Portraits were painted in encaustic by the Greeks in Egypt. They are still fresh and vibrant, and are exhibited today in the world's greatest galleries.

Encaustic painting involves melting, applying, then heat fusing layers of beeswax (resin and pigment can be added). The wax gives an optical depth unique to the medium.

Encaustic has returned from obscurity as modern tools have made the process more practical. Diego Rivera used encaustic in the 1930's on his murals. Jasper Johns is credited with the current renaissance of encaustic fine art with his work that began in the 1950's.

"Why paint in a process-intensive medium that's over 2000 years old?" is rarely asked. That answer is a given: luminosity, rich surface, the beauty of the wax.

Carrie Goller interprets this ancient medium into very contemporary work, creating paintings with brilliant luminosity, as well as some with a rich, delicate opalescence. Maintaining their freshness and intensity, they will not darken or yellow. Because of the protective nature of wax they are impervious to moisture and need not be varnished or put under glass.

Heat sealing each layer of painted on molten, pigmented encaustic wax (there can be many, many layers, even hundreds). Each layer must be meticulously heated sealed to assure archival quality.

Applying multiple layers of iridescent mineral powders
Each layer of iridescent mineral powders must be heat sealed into the wax, a painstaking, yet necessary process pioneered by Carrie Goller.

Koi Takara, Sculpted Encaustic and Iridescent Mineral Powders 3'x9 Triptych
The final piece displayed at a Pan Asian restaurant.

Koi Takara, Sculpted Encaustic and Iridescent Mineral Powders 3'x9'
Finished encaustic painting featuring koi swimming from one panel to the next.

Many, many thin layers of oil are glazed to achieve an old world glow. This is the start of the process. The pears have perhaps 12 or 13 layers at this point and the negative space (background) has not been begun yet.

Sisters, oil 24x48x2
After countless layers of thin oil glaze, the glow finally arrives. It takes patience and time, but if I continue polishing, it will happen, although I never know when.

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