Encaustic painting is a method of mixing beeswax with pigments, heating it and applying it to a surface such as a panel. In my pieces I use white beeswax as a method of layering and combining mixed media items to compose the picture. Over the years I have collected many bird nests, usually finding them on the ground after the Santa Ana winds have blown through southern California.
In Empty Nest #1 I photographed one of my nests that has a seed pod attached to the side and a blue shred of paper woven into the structure. The quilt block at the top is called flying geese. Behind it all is an antique handkerchief I found when I was a child.