Floating Kelp Bed is a heavily textured abstract Encaustic painting on cradled board, portrait orientated, and framed with a black float timber frame, inspired by the sea.
Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos). Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax medium to fusing the layers of wax. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). The medium can be used alone for its transparency or adhesive qualities or used pigmented. Pigments may be added to the medium. The medium is melted and applied with a brush or any tool the artist wishes to create from. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer. It is also known as hot wax painting.
Encaustic painting all but died out with the invention of oil painting, because without the electrical appliances that we have today, it was a slow, difficult process. The 20th century has seen a rebirth of encaustic on a major scale. It is an irony of our modern age, with its emphases on advanced technology, that a painting technique as ancient and involved as encaustic should receive such widespread interest.The inspiration for this artwork is nature.