So, at the end of the workshop, I was delighted to discover that I had eleven finished pieces. Whew! Eleven pieces in four days is something! It felt so great to be absorbed in the studio again and focus on art making for a week.
I noticed I worked a lot in greens and blues, and of course my beloved Octopus showed up more than once....
I've posted a gallery of my work here: New Work: Encaustic Workshop.
So the workshop week has come to a close. It was fabulous. There were three simultaneous workshops: Book arts with Karen Hanmer, Hot Wax with Lisa Pressman, and Cold Wax with Rebecca Crowell. I loved meeting these wonderful instructors and mingling with all the students involved. Seeds for wonderful friendships and artistic collaborations were planted!
Here are some studio shots in the various classrooms....
By the way, the book, Free Play, by Stephen Nachmanovitch, is a must-read, not only for artists, but for anyone wanting to be more creative and intuitive in life, in general. I read it for the first time about 10 years ago and was thrilled to see Rebecca reference it in her class!
Here are a few pieces in progress. I hope I can finish them all before the class is over!
Lisa had us do a really interesting warm-up exercise where we created 30 drawings in 30 minutes. It gets the creative mojo going and allows the creative process to flow without thinking. Here are some of mine.....
I usually use very sinuous, rounded shapes in my work, so I was surprised to see how geometric and "square" these drawings were.
Here's some of Lisa's....
One of the drawing prompts was to draw a certain word or feeling. Of course, Lisa and I psycho-analyzed them.....
Remember, she could have been a therapist, right?
Lisa Pressman's Encaustic & Embellishment workshop is amazing! Lisa is a rock star. Not only is she a master artist and knows her stuff, she has a wonderful sense of humor, and really wants to connect with her students. She is very intuitive about her student's artistic style and personality. She said she could have been a therapist, and I believe her!
Generally speaking, encaustic is a method of building up layers of wax/resin medium. Within these layers, the possibiilities are endless. Pieces of paper collage, ink, thread, fabric, paint, etc., can be embedded in the encaustic layers, creating a rich, dimensional surface. Can you see why I love this?
This is a fabulous, intense, and exhausting workshop! I barely had time to post this! Tonight is our last of the studio time and tomorrow is clean up. One week is just not enough for all there is to explore....
More pics to come....
Next week, I get to paint with hot wax for the first time! I'm really excited, as I have the privilege of being the class assistant for a Cullowhee Mountain Arts workshop. The class is Encaustic and Embellishment with Lisa Pressman.
This is one of Lisa's paintings. I love the texture and color and I can't wait to get my octoprints into some wax!
Learn about Cullowhee Mountain Arts here: