A home should welcome it’s occupants as well as its visitors. The first impression of a home hints at what is beyond. Here are a few of our favorites entries we have designed over the years.
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Photos by: Jean Allsopp, Johnny Valiant and Laurey W Glenn
Hi all! I have been working on finding the perfect piece of art for my master bedroom at home. I have been looking at many different choices. Check out this painting by local artist Justin Gaffrey over our bed. I really like it. It works with the blues and greys of the bedroom. The painting is of Western Lake on Scenic Highway 30A. I will keep y’all up to date on my selection.
[Unframed Landscape 11″x18″, artist Maralyn Wilson $475]
There are several Encaustic paintings in the Tracery Shop at the moment & many are unaware of the technique used to create these masterpieces they marvel over. From afar they appear to be paintings created with a simple brush and paint. A closer look reveals an unfamiliar sheen accompanied by wax drips down the sides of the wood frame. How do they do that? Each artist uses wax [usually beeswax] that has had pigment added to it to create varying layers of depth and color. This wax is typically applied to wood [ although canvas has been used] with a special brush or metal tool. The wax dries almost instantly so a swift hand is key. Most artist use a type of blow torch or flame to meld the layers of wax together.
[‘Sunrise’ unframed, 22″x44″ artist: Maralyn Wilson $2500]
Etymology: encaustic, adjective, from Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein to burn in, from en- + kaiein to burn
: a paint made from pigment mixed with melted beeswax and resin and after application fixed by heat; also : the method involving the use of encaustic or a work produced by this method
definition via Merriam-Webster
[‘Town Hall’ unframed 18″x18″, artist: Rae Broyles $900]
This technique dates back to the 5th century B.C. and was used by the ancient Greeks as well as the ancient Egyptians who used this method to paint portraits on mummies. Many ancient civilizations used this technique to paint ships before it was refined and used to create portraits and portray Greek mythology.
[‘Beach’ unframed, 8″x8″ artist: Rae Broyles $225]
Did you know that beeswax is impervious to moisture making it extremely durable? The wax will not yellow, deteriorate or darken. Most paintings have to be varnished or protected by glass. Encaustic paintings have with stood the test of time with several still in existence from the 6th century-no varnish or protective glass. Why not make one an addition to your art collection? For inquiries please call our shop at 850.231.6755 or email us at shop[at]traceryinteriors[dot]com.
[‘SIA’ unframed 24″x24″, artist Rae Broyles $1400]