PAINTING WITH FIRE

THE ENCAUSTIC PROCESS

IDEATION

The creativity begins with thumbnail sketches to work out the principles of Lynn's composition, and then the choice design is laid out in oil pastel over the smooth, pure surface of encaustic base.

IT BEGINS WITH...

Beginning with a rigid, porous support, three base coats of encaustic medium are painted to create the “blank canvas”. Usually mixing with white pigment, each layer is fused with a torch and allowed to cool.

MOLTEN PIGMENTS

Large hot plates with a palette of handmade colors, sit beside the painting surface. The pots of paint are held at a constant temperature.

LAYER UPON LAYER

Working with a vision for how the colors will react underneath each application, Lynn puts down a wash of opaque or transparent color. These are then fused together over the underlying surface to form layers.

DEPTH AND FINESSE

Layers are evaluated for their depth and interaction with the overall composition. To create texture and interest, she uses a variety of clay working tools to scrape and form.

FINAL TOUCH

Once the last layer is fused with the torch, and has cured for 24 hours the final piece is evaluated for finesse and clarity of details as Lynn envisioned.