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encaustic minis

encaustic, graphite, dry pigment
on matboard-faced panel

Enkaustikos is Greek for "burning in". Encaustic is an ancient form of painting that originated with the Greeks. They used hot beeswax to seal their boats. After a while, they added pigment and made paintings on the vessels. Eventually, it developed into a fine art. Pretty nifty, huh?

These miniature paintings are a fun way to work spontaneously and expand my understanding of the medium.