This is a reproduction of an original encaustic painting, and is part of a series of images using anatomical hearts, nature imagery, and architectural elements. I love the idea of making a home for someone in my heart, a place that is safe and welcoming. You’re never locked out because you have the key. Here, the heart is layered over architectural blueprints, and surrounded by nature prints (cedar branches from a tree that used to grow outside of my home in the Pacific Northwest).
So, what's encaustic? Encaustic is an ancient medium, and archeologists have found encaustic artwork on wood and linen that's over 2000 years old, and in good condition. The tree resin raises the melting point of the wax, as well as making the final surface harder, shinier, and more durable. Part of why I love encaustic is the incredible depth I can achieve and the soft, luminous quality it gives the work. Occasionally, this depth and softness will translate as a soft focus, or slightly blurred, effect in a reproduction, emphasizing the dreamy quality of the painting.