I know a few artists who work in encaustics. They scour eBay for old dental tools because the metal picks and scrapers delicately and precisely slice through the warmed wax layers used in this style painting. I’ve been meaning to mention this to my stepfather, the retired dentist. Encaustic painting is getting very popular; perhaps he should find his old utensils in the garage and start a side business.
If you’ve seen encaustics hanging in your local galleries or art museums, you’ve probably noticed the way some of the colored wax blends and appears to glow. I own one by Amy Ruppel that is cloudy, bright, subtle, and radiant all at once. I’m noticing lots of encaustic classes starting to pop up in San Francisco. There seems to be a revival, particularly within the hipster art scene. If you’re inspired and a DIY kind of person, consider our Book of the Week, Embracing Encaustic, Learning to paint with beeswax.
Linda Womack is an award-winning artist and art instructor in Oregon who, along with Bill Womack, has written an introduction to encaustic painting and collage. This is a beginner’s book that’ll teach you this art form one step at a time.
Congratulations, Linda and Bill. Your book is a prime example of using Blurb to publish a reference guide or creative resource. Please let us know if you ever have a show in the Bay Area.
And I just got through this entire post without saying wax on, wax off.