Oils – Plein Air
Encaustic (Painting with Hot Wax)
She expresses her designs in two ways with this medium. One with multiple layers of natural beeswax and oil paints rubbed in by hand and then torched (sealed) then smoothed with a blade to a glass-like finish. The other is a more direct approach with colored wax sticks melted and mixed on a griddle like a paint palate, then torched to seal it on the board. Both are super challenging, working with the medium’s unpredictable nature, and very rewarding. Encaustic has also offered more opportunities for Gwen to expand her joy for non-representational (or abstract) pieces.