A shot of color for this snowy day. Karen Revis sent us her portfolio of encaustic paintings and we wanted to share the warmth. These paintings appear super-simple, although the process that went into creating them is pretty complex. Click below for more...
Encaustic is a wax-based medium that's very difficult to manipulate since it dries and hardens so quickly. The layers of wax also have to be applied patiently and evenly to keep from cracking. Since the surface holds texture really well, encaustic is a great medium for showing the human mark. Karen's paintings are subtle grids, and the surfaces are very minimal, which makes the wavering movement of the artist's hand a focal point.
In her larger paintings, she gets a similar effect with acrylic paint on a plexiglass and wood backing.
Her prints are monotypes, which are single prints (not editions) created from a reverse-painting transfered to paper.