I attended the opening night of Oil + Wax
this weekend, an encaustic art exhibition put on by the Art League of
Northern California. For those unfamiliar with encaustic, it is an ancient
technique whereby the artist applies layers of wax and pigments to create a
composition. The work may look like a traditional oil painting (at least to my
untrained eye), or can be applied to three dimensional objects. This national
exhibit with contributions of local artists is excellent. It is located at the
League’s building in Hamilton in Novato, now thru November 30th.(check their
website for directions).
Example of Fayum Mummy Portraits (Portrait of a young woman, A.D.
110-20 Encaustic on wood; 43.7 x 34 cm (17 1/4 x 13 in.)Royal Museum of
Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh)-Source Wikipedia