BANDON - Pat Cink will be the featured artist Saturday, July 7, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Second Street Gallery's Meet and Greet the Artist. Cink will be discussing and demonstrating her encaustic techniques in painting seascapes and will bring several of her newest encaustic pieces.
Cink paints with layers of transparent encaustics to portray images of water and light. She finds inspiration in Bandon's beaches. The unusual rock formations provide a solid contrast to the ocean and coastal light and make for paintings that are uniquely Bandon.
Encaustic painting involves a mixture of hot beeswax, damar resin and pigment painted on prepared wood. A painting is developed with many transparent layers of color. Each layer is heated until it flows and binds with the layer beneath, which results in a painting that can be looked into. The final effect is much like looking into the sea.
This ancient painting medium was originally developed to waterproof and decorate ships. It was developed into a fine art medium and was most famously used for the Fayum mummy portraits in Egypt around 100-300 AD. The beeswax and damar resin preserved the ancient pigments, so that today those portraits can be viewed in their original, fresh, rich colors.