The Exacting Potion Nº 1 Painting by Sara C Richardson

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Art Description

Painting: Wax, encaustic, pigment on Wood.

The Exacting Potion series takes its cues from the Poseidon encaustic pieces I created at the beginning of 2016, but introduces a more gentle approach to color, motion and light. This series allows bits of the unexpected to remain inside the layers of glassy surfaces.

The Exacting Potion Nº 1:

• Will be carefully packaged and arrive with a soft lint-free buffing cloth

• Signed and dated on the back

• Sides of the painting cleaned and painted black

There are quite a few works in the Exacting Potion series, if you are interested in purchasing more than one, please contact me. Thank you.


You may be asking yourself, what is encaustic?!?
Encaustic painting has a rich history dating back to the 5th century B.C. The medium is a wax based paint (beeswax, resin and pigment) which is then heated on a warmed palette or palettes in my case. The hot wax is applied to an absorbent surface such as a cradled birch panel and then reheated in order to fuse the wax...I use a combination of fusing tools – blow torch, heat gun and a tacking iron.

Encaustic paintings have lasted thousands of years without flaking, layers separating or colors fading. Encaustic paintings are exceptionally durable and archival due to the medium being a natural preservative, moisture and mildew resistant. Because of their archival characteristics encaustic paintings will not yellow or fade with time.

For artwork care, I tell collectors to simply use common sense with any type of painting. However, encaustic paintings are more temperature sensitive and should not be exposed to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. For instance, it would not be a good idea to put an encaustic painting (or any painting medium for that matter) in the trunk of your car on a hot summer day or during a frigid blizzard. I probably would not hang a painting over a radiator, in an excessively steamy bathroom or inside a walk-in freezer. Encaustic paintings do best in temperatures between 40–140° fahrenheit . Think of your painting as your pet. I’m kidding. Just be practical and mindful of your new painting. :)


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The Exacting Potion Nº 1

Sara C Richardson

United States


Size: 14 W x 14 H x 1.5 in

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