Encaustic paint's essential ingredients (and the only two I use) are beeswax and pigment, combined and kept molten and liquid during application. Encaustic is a very ancient medium, perhaps contemporary with fresco and some kinds of tempera, but long pre-dating oils and acryllics. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians are known to have used this paint, kept hot over beds of charcoal. I began using encaustic paint twenty-five years ago, at a time when this venerable medium was not going through one of its revivals. So, having no instructions to hand, I taught myself, stepping from painting to painting in bursts of discovery, accident and invention; practicing, perfecting tools and equipment, becoming intimate with this rich and complex medium. The very paint itself directed choices of theme, iconography and points of attack.

Hex Path                     ┬ęSarah Petite              2012 encaustic on wood     15" x 27"        $1150 Cdn

This beeswax paint makes brushwork like no other medium. Where other paints are wet, encaustic is hot; and 'dry' means cool. When cool, it can be worked with knives, blades and scrapers, sculpted, stenciled and inlaid, layered, scratched, puddled with the heat gun. But the pure brushwork is the finest of it, and always finishes the painting.

Steeplechase                   ┬ęSarah Petite                  2012                 encaustic on wood        10" x 25"           SOLD

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