encaustic painting. If you're unfamiliar with it, essentially it's painting with hot, pigmented beeswax. It is one of the oldest mediums but it's experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity in the last decade or so. I saw a demo a while back at Jerry's Artarama and was hooked. I kept bugging the artist via email about taking a class. She finally got fed up and just scheduled one just so I would get off her back! I even talked a couple of friends into joining me for the class. I think they had a good time, but I was so transfixed by the work that I don't really even know.
I haven't had nearly as much time to work with it as I would have liked, but I do have a few pieces in various states of unfinishedness. I decided to put them out for E.A.S.T. to see if I could get some feedback. I'm really struggling with the same thing that has always plagued me with image creation--is it done? When you make a pair of earrings, you know when they are done. Paintings? Not so much. It's been interesting to hear from people that everything seems done to them. It's hard to know if that's because it might really be or if they see something displayed and assume it's in its finished state. I'm not sure I'll resolve much by having them out, but I have enjoyed seeing a bit of what others see.