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Encaustic (hot wax painting) is an ancient painting medium used by Egyptian/Greek painters around 100-300 AD. Beeswax and colored pigments are combined then heated to a liquid consistency which is applied to a surface. When it is melted it has the consistency of any paint and can be manipulated and carved into with knives, etching instruments and brush. It dries to a hard waxy finish and can be buffed by a cloth when dry for a luminous effect.

Photograph, Encaustic, graphite

The contemplative mood of this mixed media painting began with a photograph of water reflecting the clouds and sky. It was further developed applying multiple layers of heated pigmented wax (Encaustic) to create a semi-abstracted image.