Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pat O'Neill - Upcoming Contemporary Artist

Palm Tree Cove - Encaustic

Cascade in Waters - Encaustic Art

Into The Inferno - Aceo

Fantasy Fortress

Windswept Flower

Mandala 1

An English Field

Bamboo, Green

A Tori - An Original Encaustic

Pastel Pansies - An Original Encaustic Painting

Fairies Darting - Encaustic Aceo

Pat O'Neill - Propagating The Art of Encaustic

Country - United Kingdom

Personal Profile - I love encaustic art or "playing" and painting with wax. This medium has a history that dates back some 2000 years although it is enjoying renewed popularity due to modern technology which allows the artist to use hot electrical tools to manipulate the molten wax. I have a book entitled My Encaustics- Art in the Wax which is available from http://blurb.com/user/store/onawhimsey. I also have a couple of soft back copies available in my Etsy shop http://onawhimsey.etsy.com

Gallery - Art on Fire

Other Blogs of Pat O'Neill

1. On A Whimsey
2. On A Whimsey - An Encaustic Adventure
3. Pat's Encaustic- Art In The Wax

Encaustic art?

What is it?

The name encaustic comes from the Greek for ” burnt in ” …..

It is claimed that the art of encaustic wax painting is at least over 2000 years old and that it was practised by the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Since it has lasted, in some cases, over 2000 years it is considered a very durable form of Art. Around the world there are examples of portraits which have been painted on wood.

Examples of encaustic tomb portraits from Roman Egypt bear witness to the durability of the medium, which is thought to have been widely used in ancient times. Pliny describes the process in which hot liquid colors were applied to the wall by means of heated irons. It is believed that the waxes used to be heated in containers over a charcoal fire until molten and then applied to the wood with brushes or perhaps heated spatulas.

Nowadays, artists have the use of modern technology and thus are able to produce beautiful works of art with electric tools.

True encaustic painting is produced through a process in which the coloured wax is permanently ‘burned’ into an absorbant backing such as plaster, canvas or some woods. However, today, the technique of laying wax on a non absorbant support is generally regarded as encaustic art.

The amazing attribute of using the molten wax is that whenever the hot implement such as an iron touches it, the wax will melt and thus can be re-worked. So, you can alter the image until you are satisfied.

The waxes can be of many types. However, they are usually specially formulated to provide art quality colours in a safe non toxi form which is designed to be used when melted. This wax melts at 40 degrees Fahrenheit ot just over 60 degrees Centigrade. The most popular for the beginner is wax made into manageable blocks or sticks. Otherwise, wax can be melted, different pigments added according to requirements etc.

The main tool is the painting or encaustic iron. The base plate is used to smooth and texture the wax whilst the edge can be scraped or made to slide through the medium. Again, the tip of the iron can be used to draw in details. Encaustic art painting card is specially impregnated and enables the wax to slide around the surface without allowing too much absorbtion. The card resists heat damage and is tough and flexible.

Other tools can include an encaustic art stylus, scribing tools, hot air guns. Whatever comes to hand.

Other supports can be used creating different effects such as wood, fabric, plastic or metal.

It is an exciting medium which is not difficult master has limitless boundaries. Only the imagination can stop you!

Quoted From The Blog of Pat O'Neill


I must admit that this is the first time I heard of Encaustic art and I am very excited about it. It is a revolutionary way of artistic endeavor using molten wax to paint your desired subject. Although this has been used for over 2,000 years now, it is now widely propagated by Ms. Pat O'Neill with outstanding results. Her works are simply fantastic and have the quality and flair of works by the masters. It is to her genius that she can get carried away in molding the desired patterns and forms in her masterworks. The Aceo cards are also very recent forms of art that were used before in cigarette packs and baseball cards. All art connoisseur should take advantage of the very cheap prices of these artworks before they become widely accepted and their prices will rocket to sky high.

Tags: Upcoming Contemporary Artist, Pat O'Neill, Encaustic Art, Molten Wax, Aceo, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Burn Out, Encaustic Iron, Art, Paintings, Masterworks, United Kingdom, Art Connoisseur, Artworks, Etsy

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla


Art Review/Feature


Anonymous said...

Wow...the one in the picture tickles my heart. hope to buy one in future.I too have a Contemporary Art website that may be of some use to you visitors.Thanks for sharing though.

On a Whimsey said...

Mel, thank you for this wonderful post! I am deeply honoured and so appreciate your kind words.

Chrissie said...

Thank you for bringing us such a wonderful selection of the work of this talented encaustic artist.

Beth said...

Her art is amazing

FabricFascination said...

What a wonderful article, and terrific site. Thank you.

Zuda Gay Pease said...

Wonderful feature!! Pat's work is beautiful!!!

Kim said...

Pat is a fellow artisan and friend. Her work is fresh and alive and I think you captured her passion for it!
Thanks for writing this article for my friend!
Brett Ward

Kim said...


Sorry,no glasses on! LOL

Chauncey said...

Fabulous post about a very talented artist!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Susan,
Yes, I agree with you. Pat is indeed an extraordinary encaustic painter. I really admire all her artworks. I will visit your site too so I can evaluate it. Thanks for your visit. God bless.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Pat,
You're welcome. I really admire and like your masterworks. They are new, fresh and different. Time will come when the mainstream art patrons will appreciate and indulge in your works. When that time comes, prices of your artworks will definitely rocket sky high. Thanks for your appreciation of the feature on your masterworks. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Makeyourpresentsfelt,
You're welcome. It has been an honor and pleasure on my part to feature the extraordinary artwork of Pat. Thanks for your visit and appreciative words. God bless.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Beth,
Yes, I agree with you 100%. Her works are simply amazing. Thanks for your visit and kind words. God bless.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kimbuktu,
Thanks for your kind appreciative words. We appreciate that very much. God bless.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi ZudaGay,
Yes, I agree with you. Pat's artworks are simply fantastic. Thanks for your visit and wonderful comments. God bless.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Brett Ward,
I will visit your site too to evaluate your works. Thanks for your visit and kind appreciative words. God bless.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Chauncey,
Thanks for your visit and very kind words for Pat. We really appreciate that. God bless.

smellyrhinostudio said...

Magondong Hapon Mel! (That's all I know, really) LOL

I really enjoy your blog and will add it to my blogroll along with the other wonderful artist blogs I've found.

Pat is in one of my artist Etsy groups and led me to your site!

Maraming Salamat and keep it up!
Rebecca Salcedo

Anonymous said...

Wow, Mel, just WOW! I love this artist! Her work is so soothing and smooth. Thank you for always bringing us a fresh perspective in art.

Unknown said...

This is a very nice article. This is a very talented artist.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Rebecca,
Thank you so much for your appreciation on the works of Pat and this blog but as always,TO GOD BE THE GLORY. I was really excited when I discovered the artworks of Pat and I know that someday she will become a world renowned artist who have led a revolutionary trend in artworks. We are witnessing today what will be masterworks for the future when art connoisseurs and patrons of tomorrow will declare her works as masterpieces. Thanks for your visit and appreciative comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Lala,
Yes, the word is wow. She really is a genius when it comes to acoustic painting. And she has reintroduced this kind of artwork to modern painting. It was really my pleasure and privilege to feature her and her works in this blog. Thanks for your visit and very appreciative comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Lala,
My mistake. It should have been encaustic and not acoustic. I must still be dreaming, hehehe, lolz.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Stormee,
She is not only very talented but I would say she's a genius when it comes to encaustic artworks. Thanks for your visit and appreciative comments. God bless.

Mel said...

love the artworks. amazingly cool.

dianeclancy said...

This is a fantastic post about Pat!!

It is so wonderful to see all this lovely different pieces of art together by Pat!!

Good going Pat and Mel!!
Thank you,
~ Diane Clancy

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Mel,
Thanks for your visit and appreciative comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Daine,
Yes, Pat is an extraordinary encaustic painter. Your works are also very outstanding and pretty. I might feature them sometime. Thanks for your visit and wonderful comments. God bless.

Unknown said...

What a delightful and informative look at Pat's amazing work. Well done!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Christy,
Thanks for appreciating Pat's encaustic artworks. They are really fantastic. Thanks for your visit. God bless.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Diane,
Oops, sorry. I misspelled your name. My fault really. Must have dozed off while typing, hehehe, lolz. God bless.

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