Size: 9"W x 6"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This is made from encaustic wax with burnt shellac, creating the lacy designs. I've spent a glorious week on Cape Cod at Castle Hill Art Center in Truro, MA each of the last few years. This painting was made with the vision of the blue skies and swirling blue waters prevalent in my June visit. Playing with wax using materials that I then burn in with a torch, standing outside, is a joy. The burning makes for ever changing shapes and color combinations as the heat melts the wax, as it cools, and melts again.
I'm Karma Kitaj, encaustic and mixed media artist. Do you know what encaustic is? It's an ancient form of painting, having survived over millenia The Fayum portraits were discovered, buried in mummies in Eqypt, created by Greek painters in 1st c. AD, revived in the 20th century. The pigment is composed of beeswax and a resin that gives the wax more body and shine. Then luscious pigments are added to that medium. Many encaustic paintings are made on wood, which holds the wax well and does not easily bend. The artist applies various layers of pigment and burns in each layer with a heat gun or torch. This process is reflected in the word encaustic, which means "to burn in". In my paintings and mixed media work, I use a combination of wax, oil, tar, spray paint, cloth, mylar, paper, and any variety of found objects. The wax can be built up to have a sculptural effect or it can be very smooth and glossy or luminescent. The work does not have to be framed, saving the buyer a lot of money.