Wax and encaustics are fascinating mediums. They offer artists a wide range of possibilities, not least of all, the opportunity to literally play with fire. Cold wax can be used much like other paint mediums, but hot wax is in a league of it’s own, requiring hot plates and blow torches. But don’t take my word for it. Here are five RSG artists that work with and love the medium.
“One of the reasons I enjoy working with encaustic is that I can build up layers more quickly than with other mediums. I also like using the torch as a brush. I try to capture the play of light and motion I see while I work the wax. I do not fight against the hot wax; I let it find it’s own path.”
“For me, working with cold wax medium and oil paint has opened the door to becoming even more abstract. I have always loved working with textures in this medium; it encourages you to play with scratching back, building up, and creating soft edges. It alters the drying time and creates translucency as well as wonderful patinas. For me it just has endless possibilities and allows me to work in stages.”
“The surface of the painting is to be treated with absolute disrespect. When you’re searching for new ways to texturize, anything goes.”
“I like wax because it allows you to build up distinct layers. It sets up immediately so there is no lag time waiting for something to dry, and it is such a sensual material. You can work bold and bright, or soft and diffuse. It offers a lot to artists as you can work in a variety of ways.”
“I like the ethereal, dreamy backgrounds and crisp imagery, the way the two play off of each other. I just keep pushing new things. That’s what artists are – you’re just finding new ideas and different ways to express in different mediums. It’s fun.”
Molly was kind enough to have us over for a studio visit and answer a million questions. We’ll be sharing her work and story tomorrow, so stay tuned!
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