Large encaustic impressionistic figurative by artist Janet Amundson-Splidsboel
My latest 24"x24" encaustic (painted with molten, pigmented beeswax) is entitled, "Vera", which was my mother's name, although my daddy always called her Nancy. I have a photo of my mother when her hair was wavy like this. There are over 25 layers of wax in this painting, each layer fused to the underneath layers with a propane torch. I dedicate this painting to my dear mother. -Janet Amundson-Splidsboel
Although I paint landscapes, both in the studio and plein air in the field, I find that more often than not I return to the face and figure in my painting. Most of my
paintings are based on drawings done in live model groups and most of them are of women. I am drawn to the aura of women of the Art Deco period but I am currently focused on painting the modern but still universal and timeless woman. I primarily paint in oils, and encaustic. Encaustic is painting with molten, pigmented beeswax. In my encaustic works I do not use photocopies; even details are painted with layers and lines of molten, pigmented beeswax. Contact me at email@example.com.
Beeswax and damar resin are melted and dry pigment is added for color. The tins of molten wax and colored pigment are kept in a molten state on a heated griddle. Bristle brushes are dipped into the molten wax and quickly used to paint upon the painting surface, which is usually a board such as untempered masonite, wood, or some form of art panel. Each time wax is added to the painting it must be fused into the previous layer of wax. I use a propane torch to fuse the wax. Various scrapers are used to scrape off unwanted areas of wax as the work progresses. This process is repeated many times. There are usually 20 or more layers of wax in a completed piece.