Tag Archives: encaustic

Teaching Events in 2015

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Many people write and ask me if I teach. For a long time, I had to say no, since my teensy-tiny studio is just not big enough for me to even offer private lessons. But the last year or two, I’ve been teaching at a wonderful teaching studio: Wax Works West. This is a fantastic space to teach and learn in, and Judy and Wendy, the artists who own the studio, are so funny, knowledgeable, and kind.

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Wax Works studio, ready to go..

 

I enjoy teaching. I like sharing what I know, and learning from my students, and I love it when someone emails me after and tells me that the techniques I shared are making a difference for them in the studio.

Two weekends ago, I taught my 3-day class, “Precision, Layering and Clarity”, and I’ll be teaching it again in June. This class offers in-depth instruction in working with smooth, transparent layers, and how to better control techniques such as intarsia and stenciling.  Many of my students spend time refining their fusing techniques, and I help them troubleshoot what I call “puddle syndrome”. That’s when you over-fuse, blowing out your imagery in the process. (Yup, happens to everyone)

I’ll also be teaching a new class in December, just in time to add a little fun and shine for the dark of winter: “Encaustic Bling”. In this 2-day class, I’ll be focusing on reflective surface work, incorporating materials such as metallic encaustic paint, glitter, heat transfer paper, mica, etc. It will be a lot of fun. I hope you can join me!

Show in San Francisco

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I’ll have brand-spankin-new paintings on view for the first part of May at Hang Art in San Francisco alongside Fain Hancock’s lovely work.  I’ll be at the opening tonight, so anyone in the area for First Thursday gallery openings, stop on in and say hello!

I’ll share a few of my favorite paintings here for those of you who can’t go to the gallery to see them.

woodsmoke_and_sunshine_small_kairos“Woodsmoke and Sunshine”, Encaustic mixed media, 30 x 60 in.

tule_fog_3_small_kairos“Tule Fog #3: I-5″, Encaustic mixed media, 24 x 48 in.

TulleFog-I-5_small_kairos“Tule Fog: I-5″,  Encaustic mixed media, 17 x 34 in.

Hope you can stop by and see them!

Painting for show in May

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Working hard on paintings for an upcoming 2-person show in May at Hang Art in San Francisco.  This series of paintings continues to move forward, and continues to inspire me with new veins of ideas and symbols.  The paintings always refer back to the experience of being outside, in nature, in the open air, in all seasons and weather.

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I’ll post more information about the show later… so stay tuned.

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A Contribution

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At the close of 2012, I find myself grateful for my and my family’s health and all of the goodness that has come my way this year.  It has been a year of big shifts, subtle changes in perspective, and a deepening of my art practice.  I am so grateful for generous friends, supportive family, and the opportunity to share what I do and learn from others through my relationships, the galleries that represent my work, and through online communities.

I want to say thank you to every single one of you who take the time to come here and read my occasional posts and updates.

I think it’s a great time to share this link with you, part of my online community… it’s a contribution to the diverse, enthusiastic, occasionally snarky, and certainly generous online painting community that I am lucky to find myself a part of.  You’ll also find the link in my sidebar.  It will take you to the packing and shipping website that I developed in 2011 with Larraine Seiden, which until now was only available through the IEA website.  It was written to accompany a presentation we gave at the Portland IEA retreat about packing and shipping encaustic work.

Disclaimer:  It’s not a definitive work- I’m sure that many of you will find new tricks and tips, and many of you will find faults or disagree with some of the methods.  But it is a good starting point, and offers a lot of basic information about shipping encaustic work along with some methods for building custom boxes, cuffs, and insulated shipping crates.  I hope that you find something new there that takes away a bit of the anxiety we all feel when hauling our precious work down to FedEx or UPS.

Please feel free to leave additional information and experience in the comments sections of the various pages…it was our hope that our readers would use and contribute to the website, expanding it’s scope by means of our collective experience!  However, I won’t have a lot of time to respond to individual comments or questions from that site right now.

I hope all of you out there are having an excellent holiday season… here’s looking forward to 2013!

Upcoming Encaustic Show…

I am so pleased to be included in this upcoming group show.  Thomas Morphis has done an excellent job of curating this;  each artist is distinct, and the show promises to have great variety and texture!  I’m looking forward to seeing it myself Saturday night at the opening.

Mary Black

Robin Denevan

Eileen P. Goldenberg

Lisa Kairos

Opening Reception:  7-9 pm, Saturday, January 15

The gallery is open Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-5 pm, and the show runs until Feb. 12.

Studio Shots

It’s been such a gray and rainy spring! But that hasn’t stopped the work in the studio… in fact, it’s been a wonderful year for the plants this year. Above, some mustard gone to seed.

The hummingbirds have been busy disguising their nests with this moss that grows on the old plum trees behind my studio.

This lovely thing fell to the ground during the last wind storm. I’m looking forward to drawing it.

This pile of embroidery thread is waiting to be woven into some paintings… paintings that are only in my head at the moment. I’m looking forward to the hours of summer, and seeing if some of my new ideas work.

In The Studio

I thought I’d share some current works in progress from my studio. This piece above will be put together in the end as one piece. I’ve been inspired by other artists who work large on multiple panels. Here, I had these small 10×10 inch panels lying around, and I thought I’d use them as a little test run… and that’s my medium setting up in the muffin tins. Working large uses so. much. medium!

This is a pretty crappy photo- taken late in the day with my lights on. But you get the idea. I’m really loving the metallic paints from R&F. So lovely when they are scraped down- this design is done in the german silver color, and it has a lot of variation, like a patina.

On to the next layers!