The Hive Encaustic is the result of my wild enthusiasm for encaustic, the ancient art of painting with hot wax. My enthusiasm is so great that my family’s eyes glaze over (like wax as it cools, coincidentally) when I talk about it and I thought, what I need is a blog.
Here are the terms:
I am a writer with an MFA and a couple of publishing creds.
I don’t know anything about visual art.
I know even less about artist materials.
I love the smell, the warmth, the look of encaustic.
But I still don’t know anything about art.
Can a writer learn to make visual art using one of the trickiest (and most beautiful) mediums ever devised by those tricksy ancient Greeks while not going broke? A further caveat—the art can’t be all bad. Some of it has to Show Improvement.
In the following weeks, I’ll do a few basic tutorials, show you my studio (the Hive), my tools, and my work. I’ll talk a little about vendors I like and reasonably cheap solutions to the expensive prospect of setting up a working studio. No doubt I will also talk about my writing life—which really does still exist!
In the meantime, here’s a link to Wikipedia’s article on encaustic. I started here myself when someone whispered the words “hot wax” into my ear just over a year ago. And here is an image of a Fayum mummy portrait made with hot wax oh so long ago. When you see these in real life, they have such luminous depths to them you feel like actual people are staring back at you.