Encaustic Arts Magazine WINTER 2017 - Page 78

When starting my latest encaustic series I prepared multiple large birch panels. This series of work demanded to “GO BIG!” with the smallest panel being four feet by four feet. Let me say that working big in encaustic is a commitment and requires a fair amount of physical activity. Whenever I prime a panel with the initial deep fuse I am using my whole body to manipulate the torch and wax. I will straddle the panel and shift my weight from side to side, constantly adjusting myself to keep the flame right where I need. Lifting the panel up to the easel to paint then back down to get a smooth fuse is constant exercise Process shot: horsehair throughout the entire painting process.