Linda pulls from the 20's and 30's, anything French and in this Encaustic Mixed Media series, fantastical noble women. We love Princess Bearella of Polar which reminds us of a combination of The Chronicles of Narnia and His Dark Materials.
From the artist: "I like to create works of whimsy with a strong narrative reflecting both past and present time periods. As an artist, I want to spark an emotional connection with the viewer and begin a conversation. Hopefully, viewers will complete the story, which may have sprung from a single word, with their own story." ~ Linda Benenati
Linda has ventured into wonderland for her delightful encaustic paintings. This ancient technique, dating back to the Greeks, uses heat throughout the process, from melting the beeswax mixture to fusing each layer of wax. Linda's encaustic medium consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). She also uniquely incorporates collage elements, which add surprise and dimension.
- Materials – Encaustic Painting
- Size – 12 x 12"
- Care – Instructions will be delivered with each order, the basics are:
Encaustic paintings are extremely archival, but as with any fine art, care should be given to them. There should be no fear of the work melting in normal household conditions. The wax and resin will not melt unless exposed to temperatures over 150°F. Leaving a painting in as car on a hot day or hanging a painting in front of a window with direct desert-like sun would not be advisable. Encaustic paintings are also sensitive to freezing cold temperatures.
Some encaustic colors tend to “bloom” or become cloudy over time. If a painting appears indistinct, the surface can simply be rubbed with a soft cloth or nylon stocking. Over time the surface retains its gloss as the wax medium continues to cure and harden for up to 1-3 years.
This item gets carefully packed and will ship within 5 business days or sooner.
Santa Clara Valley, CA
Meet the Artist
Linda Benenati studied art and English and had a career in graphics and writing prior to discovering encaustic painting. She loves the interplay of images and themes and often begins an artwork with a simple lyric, a favorite phrase or vivid memory. Colorful, humorous and provocative, she is also inspired by the art masters, theater, 1920’s and 30’s collectibles, bees, dogs, cats and anything French.
Learn more about Linda Benenati in our Conversations with an Artist series.