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Gee, every time I see colors and layering like this I get the idea I need to try encaustic.
I know what you mean.....I am NOT allowed to bring any new art supplies in the house. Paul says I must focus!
I hate to say it, but that suggests we could all go in on a little workshopping retreat just to try it out. Marcia has already tried the beeswax thing. My extremely minimal shopping list includes: the cheap tacking iron, and/or maybe the nicer one, a reference book, a second-hand electric frying pan or grill type thing, and a big bar of encaustic medium. Then my clever plan is to find a lot of little metal palette pans (like from tunafish, or doubtless American Science has something suitable), add the entire crayola collection, and the usual assortment of miscellaneous wood panels and brushes. Voila! instead of the $400 professional set, we have spent maybe $60 in materials.
Well, you are a freaking genius aren't you!
Now all we need is some time, eh? (By The Way, I just sent our link off to the CCC newsletter.)
Encaustic is an ancient art of wax, pigment and a sense of time suspended in space. Deedra Ludwig's paintings are of an esthethic that speaks of nature, infinity and mystery, Beautiful work. Seems that she has mastered the art of encaustic!
The first encaustic work I ever saw (with any attention to the medium, that is I have been going to a lot of museums for a lot of years before I started looking at how things are made), was an Egyptian column in the British Museum. The black was pitch, I forget what the white and pink mosaic bits were, I should look it up, but the wax surface was astonishing. And it was old. The design was a decorative delight.