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Encaustic Art: A 3,000 Year Old Art Form

March 23, 2017

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.

 

 About encaustics:

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.

 

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