Thursday, July 14, 2011

My First Encaustics

I've never painted, nor even considered painting, before I saw my first encaustic on the internet. The light seemed to glow into the colors like an oil painting, yet is was thick and dimensional like an impasto. I was mesmerized. I wanted to learn, but the cost of the tools and the proper encaustic waxes were out of my reach. Then I found a site where people were using crayons, oil pastels, and household items to create wax paintings. So with a hair dryer, a small craft iron, a box of crayons and pastels, I made these first two pieces.
The first piece I called "Branching Abstract". It was displayed at the Visual Arts Center of Bay County this year for their Show and Sale event.
The second piece was named "The Red Goddess" by a friend of mine. He was able to see an image of a woman breathing flames in this abstract. He loved it so much I had to give it to him. I can't sell art to my friends. I can only give it. 


  1. I hope to include painting in my near future of lessons learned. I love your work.

  2. Hi, Kathleen,
    I haven't gotten to talk to you for a while, but I have kept an eye on what all you have been doing. I think it is great the exposure you have been getting and the events that you have been doing.
    I LOVE my ACEO's that I got from you and think of you daily because of them. They are beautiful and so are you.
    I am glad to see that you have a blog, too.