April 14, 2014 by mamie
Completed Date: 11/21/13
Description: This past fall, I was introduced to a medium that was new for me but old to the world: encaustic painting. In this piece, I used melted candle wax (beeswax is supposed to be better), color pigments, copper dust, charcoal, and a hot gun on a two pieces of wood. It was really cool! I had never tried something like that before, so I decided to start with a drawing of a flower and see where it went.
Well, I ended up using the same drawing twice (by rubbing the charcoal on the wax surface) and made one painting a little looser and more abstract than the other. Now, when I look back at both of them together, it reminds me of a fire creeping toward the blooming flower and taking over in the second piece. It would be interesting to go back to the project again and even make a third piece even more abstract with the flower withering and falling apart, completely overcome with flames and ashes.