Frieda’s art experiences


Two years ago a friend gave me a starters kit for Encaustic painting. I felt like Alice in Wonderland and soon became a big fan of this technique.  It has unlimited possibilities and the more ‘bold’ I became, the better results I got (as well as a few burn blisters). Just let it flow, it’s an adventure and you can take as many detours as you like. That’s life, isn’t it?

“Artemis” hot wax on paper, 30 x 21 cm  2009

Encaustic is a beeswax based paint that is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to a surface and reheated to fuse the paint into a uniform enamel-like finish. The word encaustic comes from Greek and means to burn in, which refers to the process of fusing the paint. Encaustic has a long history, but it is as versatile as any 20th century medium. It can be polished to a high gloss, it can be modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with collage materials. It cools immediately, so that there is no drying time, yet it can always be reworked. The durability of encaustic is due to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture. Because of this it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow, and it will not darken. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass. Encaustic painting was practiced by Greek artists as far back as the 5th century B.C. It was used in a variety of applications: the painting of portraits and scenes of mythology on panels, the coloring of marble and terra cotta, and work on ivory (probably the tinting of incised lines). The best known of all encaustic work are the Fayum funeral portraits painted in the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. by Greek painters in Egypt.


6 thoughts on “Frieda’s art experiences

  1. Mooi mama! Leuk idee om zo’n blog te maken! Nu kan iedereen jou werk volgen en commentaar geven! Wel enkel de goede publiceren hé 🙂 Maar ik ben er zeker van dat je geen slechte commentaren zal krijgen! Dikke kus en ik ben benieuwd naar de volgende! XXX
    P.S.: Ben ik de eerste?

    1. Natuurlijk ben jij de eerste, jij hebt de primeur! 🙂 ….. Ik ga pas ‘publiek’ zodra ik een ‘gallery’ heb samengesteld, maar ik krijg graag nu al jouw feedback. Als je een ideetje hebt, laat het me weten hee. xxx

  2. Really proud to say that the artist is my niece 🙂 And really very intresting to learn more about the history of the technical aspects that even in the 21th century can result in beautiful artworks.

    Frieda I am really very very proud and without hesitating I know that everybody will agree that you are an Artist who creates Art with a capital “A”. Keep on going with the blog I LOVE IT.

    1. Luc, merciekes voor de mooie complimenten! Het zit in de familie hee 🙂 Ik ben nog volop aan het worstelen met de technische aspecten van deze blog. Heb nu wel al een uitgebreider ‘menu’. Binnenkort zullen er meer foto’s te bekijken zijn.

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