This is encaustic number 4. I was moving right along. I had been afraid of the iron, the paper and the wax. The tools felt really foreign to me. My left brain was telling my artist hand how to move but somehow the signal didn’t quite make it to the metal “paintbrush.” Wax is not paint and a hot iron is not a traditional paintbrush! Wax on wax off! Thanks Mr. Miyagi! After working on this piece for a bit, I finally got something I could live with. It looked like a western landscape! I had accomplished my goal! I would live to wax another day! I would bask in the “warm, waxy, afterglow.”
I heard Dee Wallace say that if you don’t have a dream you begin to age. What a true statement. Age is a state of mind. Yes the body gets slower, and maybe more wrinkled, but that should not stop us from living life to the fullest. It is never too late to learn something new. Is there something you have always wanted to try? Why not do it? Do it once just to do it. Do again and again because you love it. I have a very precious artist friend who is 86 years old and she is amazing! She pushes me every day. Our latest adventure has been in the world of encaustic or painting with hot wax! The name comes from the Greek word enkostikos, which means ” to burn.” The process has been around for thousands of years and some of the work survives in museums today. It uses a mixture of beeswax and damar resin that is heated and applied to a support. The medium has unlimited possibilities. I’ll be posting some of my efforts in the next few days. I have been very careful to number each piece so I can see the progress of my work. I have been working on 4×6 inch cards, so the actual work is small. I hope you enjoy the soft lines and vivid colors. And remember, you are never too old to start something new!