Recently I spent an afternoon with Tracy Felix at ARTspot playing with encaustic. I have not painted with encaustic for about eight years and swore I would not get involved with it again. I love the look of encaustic, but it is expensive to work with and can be toxic if you are not careful about temperature and ventilation. You also use a torch! Since I know myself well, and know that I am a very careless artist, I chose to just not use encaustic. Now, however, I am hooked again. So far I am keeping the window open, watching the temperature carefully and not using fire! Below are a few of the pieces I have created. I am really only experimenting at this point as I have much to learn.