On Saturday, July 27, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, come by Heron’s Nest Studio Gallery where Artist, Pat Whittle, will be demonstrating the ancient technique of encaustic painting to create a greeting card. Encaustic has become a favourite medium of Pat’s. She says, “The colours flow so dreamily as I apply the blow torch and the finished product is always a delight.” A fine selection of Pat’s paintings are available at Heron’s Nest Studio Gallery, 95 Muskoka Road, Bracebridge.
Encaustic painting involved using a heated beeswax to which coloured pigments are added. The liquid is applied to a heated surface – usually wood – to create the painting. Metal tools, heat guns and special brushes can be employed to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. This technique dates back to the 1st Century when naturalistic portraits were painted on wooden boards attached to Upper class mummies from Roman Egypt.
For more information call 705-646-3663.