As I’m sitting here typing this post I can smell these panels.
Encaustic is such an organic art form – in more ways than one.
First, there’s the beeswax – the very heart and soul of the process. Wax in its solid form has a really nice fragrance, but you cannot imagine how wonderfully pleasing it smells in its liquid form. And since the wax must remain liquid (and warm) in order to paint with it – you’re enveloped in this heady aroma during the entire painting process.
And it lingers even after that!
Not only is the medium itself organic but this weekend I took a class taught by Elizabeth Schowachert on a process she calls Organic Fusion.
And how appropriate …because it felt as though it was the culmination of several recent artistic explorations fused together on to my panels. It wasn’t just THIS newly learned technique but also bits and pieces of techniques and processes I’d been exploring for the last few months. And not just with encaustics but with acrylics and with my digital composits as well.
And even though the class wasn’t as long as I would have liked, the new technique allowed me the freedom to lose myself in it and not focus so much on the process itself.
And I think that was the best part of all.