On April 12, 2017 artist Dave McGeehan will present a demonstration of the techniques and properties of encaustic: a 3,000 year old art form consisting of beeswax, Damar resin, and pigments. He will also show his techniques for combining encaustic with wood sculpting.
According to Dick Blick, encaustic paints are very versatile, spontaneous medium applied molten to an absorbent, prepared surface. They can be re-melted to create different effects, layered in opaque or translucent layers, modeled, textured, scraped, sculpted, polished, or combined with a variety of materials to create collage works.
Unlike other paints, encaustic is never wet or dry — it goes from a liquid to a solid state and back again in seconds, allowing additional layers to be added immediately. Encaustic paints are moisture-proof, and they can be reworked indefinitely.
About Dave McGeehan:
Dave has been a wood sculptor/furniture maker for 35 years. His latest work is based on his techniques combining wood sculpture and encaustic.
The Carbon County Art League is a non-profit organization supporting the arts and artists in and around Carbon County. All meetings are free to attend and open to the public.