More Encaustic Works

As promised, here are the additional works I finished in the encaustic workshop two weeks ago.  I had to encapsulate the butterfly in wax to complete the first work, and finish the outer edges of one of the others.  For those who hadn’t seen the first explanation from the other post, Encaustics are molten filtered beeswax and resin, applied when melted at 250 degrees.  They can be buffed to shine, carved, collaged with materials, used like paint or fused with transfers.  They are harder than crayons and don’t melt in our temperatures unless you’re in a Sauna.  Each of these pieces I tried different methods and tools to see what the medium did.  Give me your feedback since I’ll be transitioning to this medium soon.

Two of the works I showed before were accepted into a juried theme show at Studios on High downtown for the next Gallery Hop on August 1st.  They’ll have an artist’s reception on Sunday, August 2nd from 2 – 4.  I’m very excited that there has been immediate positive response!!

"Gasping for Breath" reminded me of jellyfish or floating discarded plastics among the carved and scumbled waters.  I pitied the poor fish who had to live amongst it.  My ocean-loving family would appreciate the sentiment.   I used the "batiked" papers we made as the background for these blastulas.

“Gasping for Breath” reminded me of jellyfish or floating discarded plastics among the carved and scumbled waters. I pitied the poor fish who had to live amongst it. My ocean-loving family would appreciate the sentiment. I used the “batiked” papers we made as the background for these blastulas.

"Toxic Resentment" is only 6" x 6", but very colorful and disturbing.  My experience has shown me that resentment is toxic and very much like being gnawed at from the inside out.  You'll see carved and applied black wax and oil stick paint and two applied transferred bugs.

“Toxic Resentment” is only 6″ x 6″, but very colorful and disturbing. My experience has shown me that resentment is toxic and very much like being gnawed at from the inside out. You’ll see carved and applied black wax and oil stick paint and two applied transferred bugs.

"Stealth Feeding" employs a very distressed, textured background with a ghostly fish seeking something healthy to eat without being eaten himself.

“Stealth Feeding” employs a very distressed, textured background with a ghostly fish seeking something healthy to eat without being eaten himself.

"Coming Out of Her Shell" has multiple meanings for me.  I believe this medium is allowing me to break into a new world of creativity.  I love the versatility and spontaneity of it. The crumpled art paper we made served as a background before adding layers of color, stamped text on tissue paper, encapsulated print and transfer.

“Coming Out of Her Shell” has multiple meanings for me. I believe this medium is allowing me to break into a new world of creativity. I love the versatility and spontaneity of it. The crumpled art paper we made served as a background before adding layers of color, stamped text on tissue paper, encapsulated print and transfer.

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