en·caus·tic [painting, in this case in White River Junction, VT]
- (especially in painting and ceramics) using pigments mixed with hot wax that are burned in as an inlay.Encaustic painting is an ancient technique, dating back to the Greeks, who used wax to caulk ship hulls. Pigmenting the wax gave rise to the decorating of warships. The use of encaustic on panels rivaled the use of tempera in what are the earliest known portable easel paintings. Encaustic was a slow, difficult technique, but the paint could be built up in relief, and the wax gave a rich optical effect to the pigment. These characteristics made the finished work startlingly life-like.Please visit Long River Gallery & Gifts on First Friday, June 1, from 5:30 - 8:00 PM to witness an art show unlike any other you've seen in the Upper Valley of late. Artist Stephanie Gordon of Piermont, NH will be with us to discuss the encaustic process and her technique that makes her work feel as real as if' you've actually stepped into one of her paintings.Stephanie is well known and loved by her many art students at Hanover High School over a decade's-long career. Now retired from teaching, she is still creating and helping people discover new art and techniques in the encaustic medium. This is hot wax like you've never seen it before.
Image: Norwich Hillside by Stephanie Gordon, encaustic on board