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Sapphire Mountains

Encasutic Painting

Created by Carol Lehmann
This encaustic painting is made of beeswax, tree resin, and natural pigments added for color— soft blue sky with hues of sapphire, blues, reds, greens, and amber. The medium is difficult to manipulate and somewhat unpredictable, which is precisely why encaustic captivates Carol's imagination as an artist. Many layers of heated wax are applied to wood panels and fused after each layer with a torch. Texture is created by gouging, scraping, and building up additional layers. The final layer consists of pigmented shellac which has been burned with a torch to create the cell-like surface. Every work of art becomes personalized to each viewer through a phenomena known as Pareidolia, much like the act of cloud gazing, where you see elements and forms that aren't actually there.

On birch and mounted in a black floating frame. Wired and ready to hang.

Once the encaustic wax cures it is hard. Although the melting point is 180-200 degrees Fahrenheit, the painting should be displayed away from direct sunlight to prevent softening. Also, encaustic pieces should not be framed under glass since hot air can get trapped and create a greenhouse effect. With time a soft hazy cloud might form on the encaustic painting. If this occurs no need to worry. The surface can be buffed with a soft cloth and restored to its original shine.

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