Encaustic paint is one of the oldest known painting techniques, dating back more than two and a half thousand years.It was used by Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Later on it fell into oblivion due probably to the technical difficulty of having to keep the mediums and paints hot, and the development of other, easier mediums. Today, with the use of electricity and a miriad of hot plates available, this difficulty is non existant.
Encaustic paint consists basically in mixing artists pigments (I use widely available pigments from Art Suppliers shops) with pure refined beeswax. The wax must be kept hot otherwise it solidifies instantly and becomes unworkable.
For me encaustic has qualities which are real as well as symbolic. It is based on beeswax, made in a natural way by bees, the same way it has been done for millions of years. It is chemichaly inert, it does not experience any chemical change ever. It repels dust and humidity and it is so permanent that existing works dating back more than 2.000 years are as fresh as it they had just been painted.
From the expressive point of view I feel very comfortable working in encaustic. Because it solidifies instantly it allows for very fast working methods, corrections are very easy to make; the marks remain fresh and visible, it has a fantastic texture and a beautiful sheen. The range of possible techniques is inexhaustible.