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Bonnie in her first studio in Alameda, CA, 1987.



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Care of Encaustics

Encaustic paintings are made with beeswax, damar tree resin and oil paint.  Encaustic painting dates back to the 5th Century B.C.  The word “encaustic” means “to burn in”, which refers to the process of fusing the wax with heat. Treat and store at normal room temperatures. Avoid freezing and, just as you would with any artwork, keep encaustic out of direct sunlight.

During the first 6–12 months, as the wax cures, an encaustic painting may develop a “bloom”, a naturally occurring hazy white residue. Remove this bloom by gently rubbing the surface of the painting with a soft cloth, such as flannel, and the painting will return to its original, exquisite shine.