Monthly Archives: July 2012

Creative Crush Wednesday: I’m smitten!

Hello Friends.

It’s true. I can’t hide it anymore.                                                                                                    I am totally in love with the work of encaustic artist Robin Luciano Beaty and I just have to share her brilliance with you….

Oh. My. Goodness. The TEXTURE. The LAYERS. The COLOUR. The little scraps of FABRIC. The snippets of HANDWRITING. Did I mention the TEXTURE?

For the record, encaustic painting is described by the ever trusty Wikipedia as:

” Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax… Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to adhere it to the surface” – in Robin’s case, that would include nails, metal fibres, mesh, cloth, lace, paper and photographs.

(Click on all images to link to Youtube source:)

While these images look like whole paintings in themselves, they are in fact close ups to show the detailed layering that goes into each work. I know, delicious.

I have always been intrigued by encaustic art making in my creative jaunts around art and design school, but somehow have not stumbled upon the wonderfulness of Ms Beaty until now (thanks again, Pinterest!). I have complete studio envy, and would quite like to spend my days wielding a blow torch and mixing up caramel-y layers of wax. Actually, I wouldn’t mind rocking a tank top and bangs like that either ….

If you are as enamoured as I am, you will enjoy a good potter through Robin’s website here, where you can sigh delightedly over an extensive catalogue of work.  And check out Youtube here and here to see these lovelies being created… and a spot of rollerskating. True.

Happy Wednesday folks.

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