Propeller Member Since 2018
Ruth Maude paints with molten beeswax, this is an ancient medium called encaustic that uses heat to apply and fuse the wax.
Ruth is the artist behind the popular All Things Encaustic blog. She enjoys experimenting with a variety of encaustic materials, techniques and tools and sharing what she discovers with other artists. Through experimentation, she continuously is pushing her creative journey in new directions.
Rarely do I approach a piece with a preconceived endpoint in mind. To me, art-making is a creative practice of exploration and play. I’m committed to carving out space in my life to show up and learn what it has to teach me about myself and my world.
Encaustic is a wonderfully versatile medium. I love the natural beauty of beeswax and the wide range of techniques that work with it. I’m drawn to the way encaustic painting engages my senses—the way that it looks, smells and feels. Encaustic painting is done in layers. It is a process of building up and scraping away to reveal what lies beneath the surface. Each layer of encaustic medium is fused using heat. Working with different fusing tools I can either maintain or eliminate texture.
Often there’s an interesting call and response dynamic between what the wax chooses to do and my intention as I paint.Ruth Maude