In January of this year I was introduced to photo encaustic work. I immediately knew that this was a new direction that I wanted to pursue with my work. Encaustic painting uses beeswax and pigments and is a very ancient medium. Photo encaustics, combines photography with the warm beeswax medium creating very unique, layered, moody images.
In July, I was able to attend a 3 day workshop at R & F Handmade Paints to learn and try working with photo encaustics. I came away with a strong (that’s putting it mildly) desire to continue to continue to learn and work with encaustics and my photography.
Encaustics provides a more hands on way of working with my images, something I have been craving for some time. While I enjoy computer work at times, I wanted to create more hand made pieces. It also gives an extra dimension to the images with all the layers of wax and pigments.
I have plans to set up a dedicated encaustic studio where I can continue to explore this fascinating medium. I’ll keep you posted as that progresses. For now, here are a few images of me at the workshop and some of my practice pieces. I have much, much more to learn!!!