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Encaustic Painting

I've noticed that there is a lot of encaustic work up on ARThood.  If you work with encaustic, I'm curious what brought you to the medium?

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  • Reply by Chantel Greene on November 1, 2010
    Sorry I'm coming into this discussion really late, but I thought I'd still give my answer. When I was in college one of the regular painting professors went on sabbatical so they called in a guest professor from Amsterdam to teach a special painting class. She taught us frescoes and encaustics and although I hated frescoes I fell in love with encaustics. I love that you can draw, paint, collage, sculpt, and carve it. It's fairly non-toxic (unless you mix your own pigments), dries quickly so paintings can be done in as little as a day, and can have a luminous quality in the light that you just don't get with other paint. It's also very forgiving and you can easily scrape away a mistake. It has a long history behind it and has been around for thousands of years, and people are curious about it and love to ask questions which allows you to discuss your work. Plus it's just cool and smells like honey.