Your Pet Portrait
Encaustic painting by commission
Encaustic Pet portraits by commission. My animal portraits take many, many hours to complete, they are not quickly reproduced touch-ups of computer photos. Please contact me to see photos of previous animal portraits, my studio, etc. All pet portraits are 5”x7” originals on acid etched glass panels framed in a simple black frame. Encaustic painting is the very first painting medium, predating oils, tempura, watercolor, etc. Your pet’s likeness can last as long as those of the Egyptians of the Fayum Valley in Egypt, whose portraits are now over 2,000 years old! I work from your photographs. Satisfaction guaranteed! I prefer to work from two or more photographs. I can even incorporate a small amount of a deceased pet’s cremains (ashes) as a memorial. Contact me and we can discuss any details or unusual circumstances.
The effects in this painting were achieved using a tiny, steel brush heated to 170-200 degrees or more. Wax is applied in what I call, my ‘dot & dab’ method. If you look closely you can see each tiny brush stroke, actually more of a dab that a stroke. Dabbing over and over hundreds of times eventually produces a painting! Using only pure, filtered bees wax, damar resin as a hardener and natural pigment, the colors are mixed/blended on the strata as they are applied. After every application of wax the painting is heated by a torch flame to seal each layer to the previous one otherwise the wax layers could separate with changes in temperature. I use only solid wood panels or acid etched glass panels as the strata for my work, never stretched canvas. Encaustic art, on the walls of Pompeii and Egyptian sarcophagus, has survived for over 2000 years, longer than any other painting form and is still exhibited in museums around the world. If you care to learn more about the origins of encaustic art consider searching for Fayum Mummy Encaustic Art.