Encaustic

Encaustic Workshop at Majestic Ranch, Boerne TX

I spent this past weekend with ten other members of the Austin group of Texas Wax in an encaustic painting workshop at Majestic Ranch in Boerne, TX. 

New Website and Blog for Texas Wax Encaustic Artists

I'm pleased to announce that the encaustic group I belong to, Texas Wax, has just unveiled their new website and blog -- designed jointly by artist and web guru extraordinaire Haley Nagy and yours truly.  Please feel free to check it out while we continue getting our artists added to the site. 

Fused Expressions Opening and Show

Texas WAX Austin Artists First Exhibit at Bay6 Gallery and Studios
What a great opening! So many people showed up, and once again, Sharon had some of my work very prominently displayed, for which I feel deeply honored! The yellow poppy paintings on the front wall are mine. View some random photos from the event (click on the thumbnails):

How to Paint with Encaustics

The process of painting in encaustic entails heating up the paint - which is a combination of refined beeswax, resin and pigment - until the paint mixture melts, then quickly brushing the strokes of paint onto a surface before the wax hardens -- which takes no time at all.* Usually, I can get only 1-3 strokes onto my surface before the wax solidifies.  So, it's dip and stroke, dip and stroke, over and over and over until you've covered a portion of the surface, at least.

Some Great Feedback! And a Note on Encaustic Surfaces

Snippet of painting: "Tornado - Erie, KS - November 27, 2005" | Encaustic on Masonite | 10" x 8" | © 2007 Marilyn Fenn --

Sometimes I feel like I ought to have those horrible flashing red and yellow banners on my art site, proclaiming the words that I sometimes get as compliments on my work. But I won't, because it would be tasteless and annoying to do so. At the very least.

Encaustic Paints

I found a good intro to info about encaustic paints and paintings at RF Paints. Click on the link to read.

This is the kind of painting I've been doing a lot of since late last summer. I absolutely love the process and the effects.

There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.

— Georges Braque

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Gallery of Recent Paintings

Untitled 2015-003 - Oil on Canvas - 12 x 10 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Squeezebox Oil on Canvas 12 x 12 - © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Color-Mini 2015-030 Oil on canvas 6 x 6 © 2015 Marilyn Fenn Untitled (2015-007) - Oil painting by Marilyn Fenn