The Burren is composed of layers of limestone, deposited during the lower carboniferous period and is underlain by Galway granite. In the Burren, the limestone is exposed or very thinly covered and this is what makes it so special.
The exposed limestone is drained by underground streams and cut by channels called ‘grikes’. This creates the pavement blocks, which are called ‘clints’.
This painting is created by the encaustic process or hot wax painting with coloured pigments. It contains beeswax and damar resin. It is a particularly satisfying medium to use and the drying process is very quick. You can use many tools, scrapers and brushes to shape the medium and a blow torch or heat gun to move the wax around the surface. This allows the colours to merge and blend in a most unique way. Scraping back previous layers allows the beauty of the underpainting to peek through and adds to the overall textured layers.
I loved creating this painting and almost immediately, the Burren and its unique geology came to mind.
The painting measures 12 x 12 inches on board and is framed in a white box frame with inner mount. Overall size 19 x 19 inches.