My Favorite Tool - Maura Fox

I paint with brushes, and I use a variety of hot wax painting processes on each painting.  Fusing (use of the fusing torch flame to burn in wax colors in the encaustic art process) creates many positive outcomes, but the intensity of the applied heat can produce unwanted surprises. Use of fusing heat too long in one area causes the top layer layers of the wax to melt, mix together, creating puddles, or swirling round shapes of mixed colors.  These effects are often great outcome in compositions, but not when brush painting areas in representational scenes involving lines in multi-storied buildings!  The wax paint dries quickly fortunately. Necessity requires evaluation and innovation to move through the unwanted effects…

I mix my paint(s) to match the exact color(s), and I use brushes to repaint the dry surface of the unwanted effects area with a thin coat, or I may scrape the area first, and then repaint the area.  I prefer to let the repainted wax cool down, and fuse the repainted area later. I use propane or butane fueled torches, and the fusing process requires practice.  I fuse with the torch flame in the direction of the shape or line (i.e. vertically for vertical lines, etc.).  Torch heat and distance from the painted area to be fused are crucial considerations.

See more of my work at mfoxpaint.com or visit me during the Tour in San Luis Obispo (studio #85)!

Enchanted Evening
Painting Process
Enchanted Evening
Enchanted Evening
Painting Process
Painting Process