The Art of Encaustic Painting is one of the oldest forms of visual art practiced today. Early examples have been found in 1st century Greco-Roman tombs in Egypt using only 3 colors with beeswax. They were portraits of those buried within and are remarkably frsh. Essentially the process involves painting with hot wax (note the word “encaustic” comes from the Greek for “burned”) and is enjoying a resurgence of popularity today for its distinctive properties in the process of both doing encaustic and viewing the results. Of course, modern technology has increased the volume and quality of encaustic materials available today. All major art suppliers offer a substantial variety of waxes and colors, and processes are becoming ever more sophisticated. It is a medium that promises to take its place among the more familiar ones of our times.
The Ancient Celts
Between 900 and 600 BCE, Celtic peoples created civilizations throughout Europe, and thus became its first masters and the ancestors of most of us today. Though Julius Caesar quelled them in warfare and the Church’s Latin bishops trumped their Christian spirituality, Celtic people abound today with a particular slant on life. Coming from a history both racy and exhilarating and an artistic tradition richly intricate, they give us a language of the heart.
I wanted to honor them with a series of works, “The Celts.” The images here come from artifacts in tombs and illuminated manuscripts. Further research will yield many more; their existance offers a goldmine for artists.