A walk outside in nature can take us deeper inside . . . and open up new possibilities.
This is a reproduction of an original photo encaustic collage on panel, created using an image transfer technique. An image transfer is created when I make a toner or pigment ink reproduction of one of my original photographs and transfer the toner from the copy directly into the slightly warm wax using pressure. Here, I have combined several of my photographs directly in the wax and enhanced them with encaustic paint, pastel, and oil stick. I love digital photo manipulation, but analog collage is still a favorite!
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.