This listing is for a reproduction of an original encaustic painting on panel.
I use a lot of my own photography in my encaustic paintings, and had the opportunity several years ago to photograph a collection of vintage typewriters. As someone who loves language, text, learning, and the fantastical world of stories, I was drawn to their symbolism. Here, a figure reads a book and is then connected to the roots of the story - a tale researched, written, and shared. That the writer might be underground in some way while also in the light adds some interesting possibilities to the narrative of the image itself.
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.
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