Encaustics

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Encaustic painting,  also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax and damar resin  to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow encaustic artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to stick them to the surface.  The method of painting with pigmented wax is a fairly new form of art for me.  I took a workshop at the Greenville County Museum of Art and fell in love with the medium.  Since then, I have become self-taught through YouTube videos and lots of experimentation.  As an artist in Greenville, South Carolina, I probably get more comments about my encaustics than the other mediums I work in because it’s so different.  I hope you find encaustics as intriguing as I do!

CareyLeeHudson_Artwork_RedEncaustic

“You’re A Hot Mess”  12×12

CareyLeeHudson_Artwork_SunflowerEncaustic

“In The Heat Of Summer”  12×12

CareyLeeHudson_Artwork_SCMapEncaustic

“Heat Wave”  12×12

CareyLeeHudson_Artwork_GrayOrangeEncaustic

“Indian Summer”  12×12  (SOLD)

12 x 12 "Blue Dogs"

“Blue Dogs”  12 x 12

"Sunday Morning"  12x12

“Sunday Morning” 12×12

"Sunday Afternoon"  12x12

“Sunday Afternoon” 12×12

"Happy Foursome"  8x8 (SOLD)

“Happy Foursome” 8×8 (SOLD)

"Love"  8x8

“Love” 8×8

"Peace"  8x8

“Peace” 8×8