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Molly Cliff Hilts - Paintings in Encaustic and drawings in Charcoal


"Encaustic technique has been dated to as early as the fourth century B.C. Although wax may appear to be a fragile material, some encaustic paintings from A.D 100-125 survive today in the form of head and shoulder wax portraits set into mummy casings in Greco-Roman Egypt. Since 2008, my work has shifted from using primarily encaustic medium to a mixture of mediums that include oil painting, encaustic wax, and printmaking.

To prepare an encaustic medium, I melt beeswax, adding damar, a hardening and stabilizing agent. Then I filter and cool the mixture for later use. It usually takes a day to make up a large batch. When ready to paint, I melt the wax mixture and add pigment from the tins which sit on a heated aluminum plate on a layout table in my studio. With a brush, I paint the encaustic medium onto a panel, which lies horizontally so that the melted wax doesn't run. The wax cools very quickly, and I paint swiftly, often only a few strokes at a time. After applying a layer to the panel, I use a propane torch to reheat the wax, smoothing the surface and bonding the new layer to the one below. I build up the layers of pigmented wax, heating after each layer."

Somtime Past Celadon 30x30 (left panel) $3,100

Somtime Past Celadon 30x30 (left panel) $3,100

Since It's Your Birthday 30x30 (right panel) $3,100

Since It's Your Birthday 30x30 (right panel) $3,100

Sinaloa Crow 56x48

Sinaloa Crow 56x48

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Pelican in Flight

Pelican in Flight

Chimera 12x12 encaustic

Chimera 12x12 encaustic

Raven

Raven

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

The Caretaker

The Caretaker

Western Screech Owl

Western Screech Owl

Crow study II

Crow study II

Crow II

Crow II

Crow Study

Crow Study

Thirteen Ways of Looking 12x12

Thirteen Ways of Looking 12x12

Last Repose 48x48

Last Repose 48x48

Coming Home 60x60

Coming Home 60x60

Nothing's Perfect But The Weather 60x60

Nothing's Perfect But The Weather 60x60

And Miles Away 48 x48 Sold

And Miles Away 48 x48 Sold

Beyond Somewhere 30x30

Beyond Somewhere 30x30

Atmospheric Disturbances 48x48

Atmospheric Disturbances 48x48