'The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.' Jacques Cousteau
Wax has captured my imagination in much the same way the sea, water, and nature in general have.
For collectors or anyone else, here is some general information on encaustic paintings I've collected from various sources.
Do not store paintings in a hot or sub-freezing temperature car. Keep paintings between 40 - 120 F to prevent and cracking or melting.
During the first 6 months the wax and resin are still in a curing process and the glossy finish will need rebuffing with lens cloth material or soft lint-free cotton buffing rag when the surface becomes matte. After this time the piece will be more resistant to scratches and dents. Somewhat similarly, an oil painting is not truly dry for 6-9 months.
Encaustic artists can indeed repair most any damages to the wax that may occur.
Framing can help protect corners from chipping if a painting were handled roughly or dropped but using glass is not needed or recommended as it tends to increase heating.
Encaustic is not vulnerable to mold and mildew as other painting mediums are.
Transport and shipping:
Wrap paintings in wax paper before placing them in bubble wrap or plastic bags. Remove the paper at room temperature.
While it is best not to ship in the hottest or coldest weather, most shippers do have climate control. Expedited 2 or 3 day shipping is recommended.
History and longevity:
Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions regarding my paintings.