Welcome to the Ryan Gallery in Lincoln City, Oregon

Paula Blackwell

My procedure in making encaustic art is to first paint on several layers of hot liquified  beeswax combined with dumar (tree) resin. I lightly fuze the wax to the ground( usually a wood panel with a cradle frame) between each layer with a torch.

 My goal is to emulate an aged or rustic appearance in my art.I accomplish this by distressing the first layer with various instruments of distraction, beating the surface with old keys, rocks, razor blades etc. I then back fill the marks with oil paint and scrape off the excess. I fuse then cover that with another layer of wax before the actual painting occurs.

Paula Blackwell

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