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I have always been an artist, I attended Cooper School of Art and The Cleveland Institute of Art. I was hired as an artists researcher as my first job then quickly moved up to illustrator, then product designer and eventually Art Director. I have had many jobs in the commercial art and design field and as an art teacher. Now I create what I am inspired by. Currently I am completely immersed in the encaustic medium.
I have always been a competitive person and After showing our purebred newfoundland dogs, then competing in the equestrian discipline of Dressage, I moved on to competing in art shows, always striving to improve whether it be proving my dogs bloodlines, proving my competence as a trainer and rider or the quality and skill of my art pieces. My art awards are the validation, and keep me continually striving to push my boundaries
Encaustic is an ancient medium dating back to 300 A.D. Made from Bees wax, Damar resin and pigment, it was originally used to caulk ships hulls, and later pigment was added to decorate the ships. At some point the medium was used to paint funneral portraits, and those found have still retained their original color and texture due to the bees wax preservative qualities and the resins hardening ability. Encaustic has a 150 degree melting temperature and is usually heated to almost 200 degrees to be liquid enough paint with. It cures over time, up to 3 years, and becomes incredibly stable and archival. It has a beautiful translucency, or with denser pigment very opaque, it can be incised, highly textured or heated with a torch and let to flow across the surface. The possibilities are endless.
Most of my inspiration comes from nature and natural elements. Birds, animals, bees, flowers and landscapes some are representative some are more impressionistic and some are mixed media and almost collage like. Interesting images, textures and colors fascinate me.
Encaustic medium is amazing, I love the way it resists being controlled which forces me to loosen up, it can be used in so many ways with so many techniques it like being a explorer, never quite knowing what will happen layer after layer and sometimes letting the wax lead the way.
Encaustic classes available at your site, or gallery of up to six participants. Private and semi private available in my studio in Medina, OH. Call 330-416-2338 or email me for details JLFashempour@ gmail.com
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Encaustic paints are possibly the most durable form of painting dating back to 300 A.D. , as demonstrated by the ancient mummy portraits in Egypt, which have survived over 2000 years without cracking, flaking or fading. Bees Wax has several inherent qualities that allow it to withstand the test of time: it is a natural adhesive and preservative: it is moisture resistant, mildew and fungus resistant, an unappetizing to insects. Bees wax paint also does not contain solvents or oils so they will not darken or yellow with age. leaving the painting as fresh and colorful as the day it was painted.
An encaustic paint film is stable in a temperature range of approximately 40 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Wax is more fragile in the gold and becomes extremely brittle in freezing temperatures. If you would drop the painting in cold temperatures it may shatter. the paintings will begin to soften at 120 degrees and may become workable at 150 degrees, and it becomes liquid at 162 degrees F. Very hot days can soften the wax somewhat but will cause no real damage.
If you must transport the painting in hot or cold weather simply cover the entire wax surface with wax paper, then cardboard, and some form of insulation. when the painting is at room temperature remove the wax paper and unwrap the painting. When in hot weather the wax paper may stick to the painting but will not damage it as long as it is removed at room temperature. I have shipped a painting to New Mexico, in the summer with no ill affects.
The paints and wax medium have Damar Resin in their formula, which cures and hardens the wax over time (much like an oil painting) making the paint much less vulnerable to damage, similar to varnishing a painting from within, so it doesn't need a glass cover, however you can still scratch the surface with your fingernail.
You may buff your painting when it seems dull or hazed over. The painting should always be shiny. When the painting is young or recently finished, it has not cured and hardened yet. It may go back to a matte looking finish. As time goes by and the mixture has had time to cure and harden (which may take as long as 6 months, same as an oil painting) it will keep its buffed polished look. At this point it sheds dirt more readily. When the painting is at room temperature take a soft cloth 100% lint free and lightly buff the painting. Do not buff if the temperature is over 75 degrees and do not buff hard enough to create heat.