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My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

My wife, Debbie, dabbles a bit in photography herself, but her main talent is as an artist. Naturally, I'm biased and I love her work, be it watercolour landscapes, gouache birds or, especially, encaustic fantasy worlds. Encaustic art is "painting" with hot, coloured, beeswax, applying it to the paper with an iron. It is an ancient technique thought to have origianted in Egypt more than 2000 years ago.

This particular painting was destined for sale at an exhibition but I liked it so much I asked her not to sell it. No more was said and I thought it had gone but to my surprise and delight she gave it to me, framed and wrapped, for my birthday.

Recently, I've unmounted it and scanned it so that she can enter a print in a postal art competition. Although it's not photography I thought I'd take the opportunity to show it off here in The Lounge.

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Re: My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

This is absolutly brilliant. It has that "other world" look that is becoming more and more popular with the advent of computer games. (There's another outlet for her talent)

Thanks for showing.
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Re: My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

That's a nice birthday present! Very cool, thanks for scanning and showing.
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Re: My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

Very nice - your wife has an imagination for the unusual

We're lucky enough to have some encaustic works ourselves from a friend of ours who does Cave Art using this technique (he paints cave subjects not on the walls of caves which would be vandalism of course)

One of our interesting adventures with him was when we were doing a visit to Kents Cavern in Devon - he normally sketches and does the work at home, but he found a 13 amp plug in the show cave so nipped back to his car and brought out his flat-iron

The tourists were completely bemused.

Off topic, but I had quite an adventue myself that day acting as model - you can read it here http://www.issa.org.uk/html/posing.htm if you want to

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Re: My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

I've never heard of encaustic "painting" before, I can't imagine it is easy. This piece of work is quite amazing.

I've had a wander round the issa site too Andy, some lovely work there as well.
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Re: My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

simply stunning John, really appreciate you sharing it here.
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Re: My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

That's great, John. Your wife has a rare talent.
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Re: My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

I'd not heard of this form of art before, but absolutely stunning.

Oh, how I envy such talent!

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Re: My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

Lovely colours.

Tell Debbie it's really good from me.

Just showed it to my daughter who is doing A level art,just got a Wow!!
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Re: My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

Now that is AMAZING, love it

what a skill getting those gradients and shading using only wax and a iron.
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Re: My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

What a beautiful image

I love the vibrant colours, the strange perspective, the air of mystery and the otherworldly look. In a way, it reminds me of some of the computer-generated fractal images one sees, especially the curved rays in the sky ( I think it's sky )

Thank you for sharing

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Re: My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

John,

You have a very talented wife. I have never heard of this technique before; but the composition and colours are absolutely fabulous. It is certainly a beautiful "birthday present". You are a lucky fellow !!

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Re: My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

Hi John,

Like others who have already posted, I too think that Debbie is very talented.
Any chance we can see some more of her work, does she have an online galley?

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Re: My Wife Does Amazing Things With Hot Wax!

Debbie didn't know I was posting this on the forum and is really pleased by all the encouraging comments, so thank you everyone.

She normlly sells all she produces (and I telling her she should produce more) so I only have one other I can show at the moment; this was one of her earlier efforts that she kept as she particularly liked it.


Thanks again for looking.
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