This listing is for a reproduction of an original encaustic painting on panel.
I have used this photograph of a woman (taken during a photo shoot with a friend several decades ago) in a number of different ways - I like taking the same image and reworking the context. Here, the figure is largely hidden by a screen of foliage. This seems to echo the folded, almost protective, posture of the figure. The hands - the most interesting part of the photo to me - are visible, but her eyes are hidden - perhaps watching us, perhaps safely away in a daydream.
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.