Continuing my exploration of abstract faces. Painted with encaustic medium and oil paint. Painted on a 8×8” wooden panel.. In my process i use hot tools such as a blowtorch, garment iron, and a hot griddle to melt the wax, mix in dried pigments to make colors and paint on wooden panels. Encaustic is impervious to moisture. Colors mixed or encased within layers of encaustic will not yellow or change over time. Therefore, pigments should retain their original luminosity for years to come.
As it cures, a process that takes about 1 year from the date the painting was completed, encaustic actually gets more transparent. When on display, plain Beeswax on its own will sometimes get cloudy blooms, making the work less transparent. Not so with encaustic. Encaustic will not get cloudy over time. This is because encaustic medium is not only beeswax, but also is made with a resin.