linear tree images using “melted lines” technique unique to encaustic

TreeGlyph Process:
I translate a digital photograph of a tree from my laptop into a line image and draw it on Japanese paper with graphite the same size as the panel. For the earlier ones I made a representational oil painting and then covered it with two differently colored layers of hot-wax encaustic. More recent ones just have the two layers of encaustic paint.  Then the line drawing is placed on the painting in the same orientation and  lines are traced with the heated tip of a soldering gun or wood-burning tool.  The underlayer of encaustic rises to the surface making graphic-looking lines in paint and the lines of the drawing absorb the paint.

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