Monday, July 15, 2013

Encaustic Painting

Recently I spent an afternoon with Tracy Felix at ARTspot playing with encaustic.  I have not painted with encaustic for about eight years and swore I would not get involved with it again.  I love the look of encaustic, but it is expensive to work with and can be toxic if you are not careful about temperature and ventilation.  You also use a torch!  Since I know myself well, and know that I am a very careless artist, I chose to just not use encaustic.  Now, however, I am hooked again.  So far I am keeping the window open, watching the temperature carefully and not using fire!  Below are a few of the pieces I have created.  I am really only experimenting at this point as I have much to learn. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Burridge Workshop

I spent four days at Bob Burridge's studio in June, and had a great time as usual.  These studio workshops only have 7 artists rather than three times that, which can be the case at some of Bob's other workshops.  I have been attending Bob's workshops for I think 13 years, but it might be more than that.  I find him inspiring and I love to watch him paint.  I was not really prepared this year to work on a particular body of work, which I should have been.  I had been so busy playing with encaustic and paper clay that I had not given it much thought.  Therefore, my work in the workshop was everything from non-objective abstract to abstract landscapes to figurative.  I am posting a couple of them below.