Encaustic Paintings

Encaustic wax over silk

In the series “Out of Mist”, Her desire to move away from 3-dimensions, while still maintaining the sense of depth led her to study the world of encaustics. By blending her skills in silk painting with encaustic pigmented beeswax and shellac, Barbara has achieved a certain depth of substance with texture and feeling that reveals, in a subtle way, a world beyond our everyday perceptions.

Encaustic painting is an ancient technique described by Homer in 800 B. C. while detailing the paintings on waxed Greek warships entering Troy. Later waxed painting appears on Egyptian mummy casings. More recently encaustic painting was made popular again by Jasper Johns and others. Wax has inherent qualities that allow it to maintain undamaged for hundreds and thousands of years: it is a natural preservative; it is moisture and air resistant, mildew and fungus resistant, and unappetizing to insects. Many ancient examples can be seen in museums that appear as if they were made last year.

Care for your silk encaustic painting:

Polishing maintains the shine and natural luminosity of the painting. Polish at room temperature (not over 75° F) with a soft, lint free, 100% cotton cloth.

Keep your painting out of direct sunlight and don’t transport or store them in vehicles, or other spaces, that are over 120° Fahrenheit. Wax melts at 140° F, so be aware that if it gets over 120° F it will be soft and may smudge if handled.

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