After a long summer, it was wonderful reuniting with old friends in the Encaustic Reflections Workshop this September at FAVA! My favorite team of I’ll-try-anything experimenters showed up- yes, that would be…Julie and Jacob! The mother and son duet that keep us entertained. Also, the talented fiber artist, Marianne, came on Saturday to bust a few moves, while meditative Lynn fell into Picasso mode on Sunday. And I heartily enjoyed the sunny, open-to-anything disposition of my totally-new-to-encaustics-what-is-going-on-here student, Theresa, and new-to-encaustics, capable FAVA glass instructor, Sherri.
Even FAVA’s media-artist-extraordinaire, Regina, gave encaustic painting a whirl on Saturday. She was there to document our encaustic process for FAVA, but you could see the wax begin to do its work on her; intoxicating her and drawing her in, until she could stand it no longer and dove in with a brush!
I demonstrated many types of Reflective mixed media, and I was happy to see everyone incorporate areas of Metal Leafing and Metallic Transfer Scribbles and Script into their work.
Here are some images from the workshop for you to peruse. This will give you a feel of the process of the workshop, although all the photos I have are from Sunday (my apologies Marianne!).
I’d like everyone who wants to come to next month’s Encaustic Cavo-Rilievo workshop, to spend time beforehand, opening your eyes to shapes, patterns and textures all around you. Jot down what inspires you into a notebook (the fall grasses on the side of the road- the weave of a tablecloth-the shape of a pear), and take a few photos on your phone. This will give you something to launch from when we’re in class and you have every material at your disposal, but your mind is blank. That’s when an artist looks at their notebook and into the phone images gathered- and voila! You’re ready to go!
And at the last minute, let’s gather some fall leaves and grasses, for we will be making impressions from what we gather. We want to keep the ridges in the leaves, and not press them flat for this workshop, so we don’t need to gather them ahead of time. And there will be plenty to share, as always. Remember, all you really need is a ready mind and a set of hands, so come with notes, or come as you are; just come!
October will be fun! See you there!