Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland will be displaying a special showing of smaller works for this First Friday Art Walk. Ten By Ten is a series of encaustics by Maine artist Diane Bowie Zaitlin.
These particular pieces by Zaitlin are encaustic, an ancient process that uses heat to fix color and beeswax. The Egyptians used this technique in their mummification portraits in 100 AD, and it was also made popular by artists in the Mexican muralism movement, such as Diego Rivera. She has added silver leaf to these pieces, which creates a gorgeous metallic effect that she covers and uncovers with pigment. “I love the depth, surface and luminosity of encaustic. I also like encaustic painting because it’s a very flexible medium that can easily combine painting and collage. It dries quickly and can be used as both a reductive and additive process. I love working with color, and encaustic allows light between layers to give the painting unique depth and translucence.”