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Encaustic Painting

Carol Williams

by Margie Luttrell 

What is an encaustic painting?

Produced as a mixture of beeswax, resin and pigment, encaustic medium is heated to a melting point, then applied to a hard substrate, just as if you would do any painting, the only difference being that every time a layer of wax is applied, it is heated with a torch or heat gun and 􏰝􏰈􏰆􏰂􏰌􏰄􏰇􏰎􏰄􏰇􏰁􏰂􏰄􏰋􏰐􏰘􏰂􏰑􏰄􏰊􏰂􏰋􏰎􏰕􏰄􏰇􏰎􏰄􏰒􏰂􏰇􏰄􏰆􏰇􏰐􏰊􏰗􏰋􏰗􏰡􏰂􏰌􏰛􏰄􏰅􏰇􏰔􏰆􏰄􏰎􏰃􏰂􏰄􏰎􏰝􏰄􏰇􏰁􏰂􏰄􏰎􏰋􏰌- est art forms in the world, and it was used in grave portraits throughout ancient Greece and Egypt to enable the departed.


Luttrell uses her art to tell a long forgotten story. She states, "by creating a new history from discarded photographs and physical remnants of other peoples lives I am reintroducing and saving a little bit of that past. It’s actually the greatest recycling project ever. Granted, it’s not actually connected to them anymore and for the most part doesn’t even relate to them at all, but as long as a physical piece of them is in my work, they live through it."