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For those who get frustrated that their art doesn’t come together quickly enough I share this.

I have spent the last two hours adding and subtracting the same piece of paper in various ways on my encaustic painting. The first method I tried worked, but I wanted to find the most secure, efficient way so I often experiment like this.

Here’s what I suspected and confirmed: I thought this calligraphy paper might be thick enough to capture air bubbles under that paper which can cause attachment problems later in the life of the painting. Yup, it was even worse than I thought, but I want to use the paper so I just had to find the best way to attach it.

Try this method to test your own papers:

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Encaustic with a Shellac/Crackle Finish

Encaustic with a Shellac/Crackle Finish

Summer may not technically be here just yet, but the weather doesn’t show it. It’s beautiful in Portland right now and we’re looking forward to a warm, dry summer which will be perfect for trying out some new encaustic techniques in my private studio. Here’s what’s coming up:

Encaustic Painting & Texture

Encaustic Painting & Texture

Colorful Wax Scrolls

Colorful Wax Scrolls

JUNE

Sat, 6/21, Colorful Wax Scrolls* (1 spot left)
Sat, 6/28, Beautiful Backgrounds*

JULY

Sun, 7/6, Encaustic Painting & Photo Collage
7/17 – 7/21, Wax Week: Photo Encaustic & Mixed Media*
Sat, 7/26, Quick Crackle Finish*

AUGUST

Sat, 8/2, Colorful Wax Scrolls*
Sat, 8/9, Beautiful Backgrounds*
Sun, 8/10, Intro to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Sat, 9/6, Encaustic Painting & Photo Collage

* These classes are only offered once or twice a year in the summer because some of the class is held outside. Register for them now while you can…

Wax Week: Photo Encaustic & Mixed Media

Wax Week: Photo Encaustic & Mixed Media

Wax Week: Photo Encaustic & Mixed Media

Thurs – Mon, July 17 – 21 (five days)

This 5-day intensive workshop, offered only once this year, combines some of my most popular classes with some brand new techniques that will keep you creating new work for years to come. We’ll focus on combining wax with different media like photographs, pastels, inks, pigment sticks, stamps, texture and much more. Subjects include photo encaustic, creating image transfers, adding texture, using pigment sticks, taking your painting from start to finish, and creating depth. All levels welcome.

You can see my full class schedule anytime on my web site at http://www.embracingencaustic.com

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Linda Robertson offers encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes at RobertsonWorkshops.com.

I’m so thankful to be a part of this blog hop, and excited to see how everyone creates their own unique art using the materials in the new Linda Robertson Encaustic Set from Enkaustikos! (By the way, some of you may know me as Linda Womack, but it’s Linda Robertson now so please help me spread the word if you would be so kind…)

This set includes lots of encaustic paint and medium in my favorite colors, 4 brushes, a pot of cleaning wax, an 8 x 10 cradled panel, 3 essential tools, a stencil from StencilGirl Products, a pastel from PanPastel Colors and three of my online lessons showing how to use all of the materials together. Here’s a little video to tell you what it’s all about:

01-materialsBTW, if you are brand new to encaustic you might want to start with my free video overview about encaustic materials (scroll down to “Extra Features”).

I like to practice what I preach in my classes that no board is unsalvageable, especially in encaustic, but this one was NOT looking good. It had colors that didn’t go together and was the product of a demo I did for a very large crowd in Santa Fe last year so it’s safe to say that it was far more spontaneous than planned.

The beauty of salvaging something is that you have those beautiful colors that come through the background and tend to be wonderful surprises.

Many artists who work with wax and stencils together try to get very precise imagery but that’s not always the goal. I decided to do something very loose on this one. This stencil, called Eddy Rose, is from StencilGirl, and was designed by Mary Beth Shaw.

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To get this effect I painted the wax through the stencil as usual, but instead of fusing the stencil in place I pulled it up first and then fused it to let the pattern flow with the wax. The result was beautiful!

You can really see the difference in the center photo above, where the top part of the board is fused and the bottom portion is not. I repeated this a couple of times alternating between Zinc White and Super Gold Pearl paint from Enkaustikos which are both included in my set.

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Emerging From Darkness, Encaustic & Mixed Media, by Linda Robertson

Emerging From Darkness, Encaustic & Mixed Media, by Linda Robertson

Chantel Greene, Linda Robertson and Pam Nichols at the 2014 CAP Art Gala

Chantel Greene, Linda Robertson and Pam Nichols at the 2014 CAP Art Gala

Portland’s art community first organized the iconic Cascade AIDS Project Art Auction to raise money to provide services to those infected or affected by HIV in the Northwest. The event has grown over the past two decades and now encompasses 200 works of art and over 1,200 guests.

I’m honored that my work was once again featured in this exclusive auction for a very worthy cause.

 

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Linda Robertson offers encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes at RobertsonWorkshops.com.

 

 

Talented former students of mine showing work at People's Art include Kindra Crick, Frederick Swan and Karl Kaiser

Talented former students of mine showing work at People’s Art include Kindra Crick, Frederick Swan and Karl Kaiser

If you are anywhere near Portland, Oregon be sure to stop by Peoples Art of Portland Gallery  before April 13 to see a wonderful encaustic and mixed media show with with a very personal connection to me. Each of these talented artists was once a student of mine! Don’t miss a chance to hear them talk about their wonderful new work too.

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Sunday, April 6th 2-4pm.
All ages -Free.
Artists: Fredrick Swan, Kindra Crick, Karl Kaiser and Brian Gray. Hosted by Chris Haberman.
Snacks. Wine. Fun. Show runs through 4/13.

Come talk with Portland artists who create layered work of evocative depths, using encaustic as part of their painting process.

Discover how these artists cut, scrape and carve to reveal complex and textured histories. Kindra Crick, Karl Kaiser and Fredrick Swan will share their life experiences with art, unique and fascinating process to create depth and their formula for their work composed for the gallery, in their layered and exciting show, “Excavations.” This is not to be missed!

Peoples Art of Portland Gallery
Pioneer Mall, 3rd floor. Suite 4005
Downtown Portland, Oregon
open thurs-sun 12-6
www.peoplesartofportland.com

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Linda Robertson offers encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes at RobertsonWorkshops.com.

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I’m so excited to be a guest blogger on the StencilGirl blog today! I’ll show you how to make this painting, step-by-step, using Enkaustikos wax, pigment and watercolor through the beautifully designed StencilGirl heat resistant stencils. View the full blog post here.

I’m also working with Enkaustikos to create the Linda Robertson Encaustic Kit that will include my favorite Enkaustikos colors, several tools, brushes, a StencilGirl stencil, and a PanPastel color plus an online video class showing you how to use all of it together! Please join my mailing list  or “like” me on Facebook to be notified when the encaustic kit is available, and also to get updates on the release of my new eBook and online classes.

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Linda Robertson offers encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes at RobertsonWorkshops.com.

mm-frontI’m happy to announce my inclusion in a new book called 101 Mixed Media Techniques that’s just been published by Water-Foster. This expansive book features many talented mixed media artists and I’m excited to be among those invited to participate. I was in charge of the section on encaustic, focusing on mixing wax with other media. I created projects that incorporate charcoal, graphite, dried plants, rubber stamps, felt, fabric and foil.

[Please note that this is NOT the new version of my previous book, Embracing Encaustic. I'm still working on that and will have an update here soon!]

Printed books still take a long time to publish, so I had agreed to do the book quite a while ago when things were going a little bit easier in my life. When it was time to do the actual projects and photographs things were much more complicated, but a deadline is a beautiful thing sometimes, especially for me!

My wonderful friend Kimberly Kent helped me so that I could take the photographs as she demonstrated the techniques under my direction. Doesn’t she have beautiful hands? And it doesn’t hurt that she and I have been friends for a long time so we had fun doing it. Another bonus is that she’s a very talented painter in her own right so she knows exactly how to hold the tools and what I was trying to teach through the photographs. Also, we might have had some wine.

I’m really happy with how the book came out and I hope you’ll get a chance to see it in person. I have a few copies for sale in my studio so if you take a class in my studio ask if I have any available. Otherwise you can get it at Amazon.com or through local bookstores.

What it really looks like in my studio when shooting photographs or video.

What it really looks like in my studio when shooting photographs or video.

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OK folks, this is it, the show everyone in Portland is talking about! Join me this Saturday for this epic annual show that is also a fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank. Peoples Art of Portland, Po Boy Art/Jason Brown, and Chris Haberman present…

The BIG 400 Show
400+ Artists
4000+ Pieces of art
ALL ART IS $40
Cash / Credit and Carry
BIG opening Sat. Dec 14th at 2pm (until 9pm)
Bring canned food for free entry
Yes indeed, all art is only $40 so why would so many well known artists participate in an event where their art sells for so little year after year? Aside from the great fund raising part, it’s because it’s such a unique show and all about the art. All work is the same size and price and no names are displayed so your choice is simple, if you like the art BUY THE ART without concerning yourself with who made it and what their credentials might be. New collectors of original are born out of this show every year.
I use these pieces to do experiments and smaller sketches for new projects throughout the year, and continue working with what I like best about each of my 10 panels. Come join me in a friendly race to find the perfect present at a perfect price! Here’s a preview of some of mine this year. I hope to see you there!
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Peoples Art of Portland Gallery
700 SW Fifth (3rd floor)
Pioneer Square Mall, downtown Portland
open Thurs-Sun 12-6pm
show runs through Jan 12th

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Linda Robertson Womack offers encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes at WomackWorkshops.com.

Last week I had the pleasure of working with a wonderful people and pet photographer, Pauline Zonneveld, who booked time with me for a private consulting session to bring her vision of pairing encaustic and photography to life. She did her homework and  brought a variety of images she liked cut out from magazines. This gave us a good basis to start with and from there I helped Pauline decide on a process and we talked about how to start developing her own distinctive style.

I took Pauline through a couple of different ways to get a look similar to what she liked. She decided that image transfers would be the best route for her based on the equipment she already has, so we got to work.

Here’s what she came up with. This photo was taken right after Pauline did a great little dance saying “Yes, that’s exactly what I wanted!” Well done Pauline!

My August sessions are already booked but if you’d like to work with me in September or later check my website for ideas of what you might want to cover and how to register. This is ideal for artists who can’t make it to my regular workshops or those visiting the area who need to work within a specific schedule.

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BTW, Pauline is the photographer who took these amazing images of my 12 year old lab Sadie for her inspiring Good Old Dog Project.

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pub_lw-casualIt’s been way too long since I sent out an update on what’s happening with my art and my life but honestly I wasn’t really sure what to say. Those of you who follow me on Facebook may know that the past several months have held a lot of challenges for me including major changes to just about every part of my personal and professional life.

I’ve moved my home and studio, I’m single again after 20 years (yikes!) and am taking back my given name of Linda Robertson. I’ll use Linda Robertson Womack for a while so you’ll see that transition happen gradually, but I’ve already activated the web address for lindarobertsonarts.com. Baby steps, right?

All of these changes have dramatically slowed the many projects I was working on last year and I’m just starting to get everything back on track now, but I thought you’d want an update even if it’s not all worked out yet. Read on for what to expect in the coming months.

I also want to thank so many of you who have sent me words of encouragement over the last few months. I’ve read every message and responded to as many as I could but I know I missed some of you and for that I apologize. Your words have helped me more than you know and I truly am grateful for your good thoughts.

So, What’s Happening With…?

I’ve been hearing this question a lot lately on several subjects. Here’s the scoop:

New, New Studio Location

Wait, didn’t you just move your studio last summer? Why yes, yes I did. Then I bought a new house in completely the wrong direction from the new studio. The good news is that now I have a great studio space at home less than 5 miles from my long time Stark Street studio so it should still be convenient for everyone. Here’s a photo of what it look like now. I’ll be working hard this week putting on a few finishing touches.

Live Workshops

Speaking of classes, I just posted my full summer schedule which includes two Wax Week classes in Portland. I’ll offer a 5-day class exploring Encaustic & Photography in June and another 5-day class on Mixed Media in July. Seats will be very limited so if you’d like to join in don’t wait!

Embracing Encaustic eBook

Ah yes, the eBook. This project really got hit hard and has been long delayed. I’ve been in contact with the amazing artists who will be featured in the eBook and they have been extremely supportive of my new circumstances. I won’t try to give you a publishing date just yet but I will say this will be the top priority for me once my studio is settled so it’s coming soon, I promise! Thanks to all of you who are so excited to see the new version. I’m pretty excited to see it myself.

Online Classes

It’s making me crazy that I had just finished filming the new surface design class when everything went south. It turned out really well and I can’t wait to share it with you. I still need to get it edited and write all the class notes which will take some time, but I’ll get it online as soon as I can.

In the meantime those of you who have already bought online classes can rest easy, your classes won’t expire anytime soon so please enjoy them while I work out the process of how these will work going forward. That goes for everyone right now, so if you’re thinking about joining our online community now is the time to get extra time in the classes — each just $49! (And yes, I know the name will have to change, but I haven’t figured that part out yet. I’m open to suggestions!)

ImageI’m happy to announce the completion of a new commission work for the main lobby of Gray’s Landing, a mixed-use building in Portland’s South Waterfront by REACH Community Development. Gray’s Landing provides vital new homes for Portland’s low-income workers and veterans.

This was a fascinating project! I’m one of five artists who were awarded the commission by Kent Art Brokerage to interpret a waterfront scene using different strips of the same photograph to make up the whole. We each worked in a different medium and interpreted our part of the photograph in our own style. The overall image we created is a scene you would see if there were a window where the art is installed. My fellow artists include Theresa Andreas-O’Leary, Tim Combs, Renee Hartig and Patrick Noe.

Gray’s Landing Grand Opening
Dec. 14, 2012, 3-5pm
Program is at 3:30
0650 SW Lowell, Portland, OR
Directions and more info

A few photos taken while making the work: checking the horizon line measurement and trying out a plant image to transfer.

A few photos taken while making the work: checking the horizon line measurement and trying out a plant image before making the transfer.

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Here are 4 of the 5 paintings before installation (R-L) by Tim Combs, Linda Womack, Renee Hartig and Theresa Andreas-O’Leary.

Great news! I’ve decided to reissue my book, Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax, as an electronic book (eBook) for the third edition.  This will allow me to create a more comprehensive and less expensive book that will be available for immediate download by artists all over the world. It will be available through Amazon.com and readable on Kindle readers, iPads and other devices with Kindle software.  Publishing as an eBook will also allow me to greatly expand our Gallery section to include many more inspiring works by artists from several countries.

Choosing the artists for the new edition of Embracing Encaustic was challenging job, but in the end I selected 70+ pieces from over 150 artists who submitted work. Because of the file size limitations for downloading an eBook many fine works could not be included in this edition.

Some tough decisions had to be made, for example, where images simply wouldn’t reproduce well because of the palette or size of the work or where two artists work were too similar to include both. If your name is not included on the list of artists below, please don’t be discouraged as it was impossible to include all the deserving artists.

Congratulations to these fine artists whose work will be published in the new edition of Embracing Encaustic! Read the rest of this entry »

ImageThis weekend I attended the International Encaustic Artists annual conference called encaustiCon, in San Antonio Texas. It was a wonderful event with lectures, workshops, networking events and a great vendor room. I highly recommend it!

A highlight of the event was their banquet which included presentation of the first annual La Vendéenne awards, where I was thrilled to win a trophy in the Media category.

The La Vendéenne Awards were named in honor of a fourth century AD encaustic painter whose remains, along with her encaustic tools, were found in the La Vendée region of France. The awards are intended to “recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement and practice of encaustic art.”

Awards were presented in several categories, and here are the winners!

Artistry: Martin Kline
Innovation: Ann Huffman
Education: Douglas Mehrens
Media: Linda Robertson (Womack)
Lifetime Achievement: Jasper Johns

The jurors for the award included Gail Stavitsky, Chief Curator of the Montclair Art Museum (NJ), Paula Owen, President & CEO of the Southwest School of Art (TX) and David S. Rubin, Curator of Contemporary Art at The Brown Foundation (TX). The beautiful trophy was crafted by James Meyer, an extremely generous and gifted artist and studio assistant to Jasper Johns. I have to admit, part of me wants to press the trophy into wax. Is that wrong?

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Passion Spares Nothing, 11 x 14, encaustic by Linda Womack, featured in Dr. Stavitsky’s slide show at encaustiCon.

As happy as I was to win the award, I was equally thrilled to see my work appear during the keynote speech, in Dr. Stavitsky’s slide show about contemporary encaustic work. You may recognize her name from the groundbreaking exhibition she curated  in 1999 called Waxing Poetic, Encaustic Art in America.  Waxing Poetic featured more than fifty artists whose content, style and subject matter differed widely but whose medium of choice was the same, wax. That show was the first introduction to encaustic for many gallery owners, reviewers and other artists.

The International Encaustic Artists 2013 encaustiCon, will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the Eldorado Hotel from Oct. 31st ~ Nov. 3rd, 2013. Will I see you there?

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Linda Womack offers encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes at WomackWorkshops.com.

I’m proud to have an article in the current issue of Encaustic Arts Magazine called “Creating and Embracing New Opportunities” which tells the story of how my book, Embracing Encaustic, led to many more new opportunities including my online encaustic classes at WomackWorkshops.com.

Here’s an excerpt: “As the huge truck pulled up in front of my house I got a chill up my spine. I knew the books would arrive sometime that week but no one seemed to want to give me a firm delivery date. I watched as the driver struggled to maneuver the bulky pallet through my garden gate and I worried that it wouldn’t fit. As he drove away, leaving me with box after box of my new encaustic book I thought, not for the first time, “What have I done?”

It all started about 5 years ago when one of my students mentioned that she couldn’t find an encaustic book with step-by-step instructions for beginners. That got me thinking that it wouldn’t be too hard to put one together, especially with the new print-on-demand services that had recently become available for self-publishing books online. Using this service they would be printed as they were purchased, so I would never need to print a large number of books. By that evening I had decided which service to use, downloaded the software and purchased the Internet domain name Embracing Encaustic.”

Read the whole article online. It’s a very inspiring magazine, so please share it with your friends!

When you mix colors do you tend to make nothing but mud? There’s a class for that! (and a quick tip below…)

On June 19 from 6 – 9 pm I’m hosting guest instructor and color expert Kimberly Kent in my Portland, Oregon studio to help you expand your painting palette while you develop your color sensibility.

Learn to mix, glaze and see color better. The exercises and techniques in this class will give you new tools for understanding how to mix just the color you need. You’ll work in encaustic paint in this class, but these concepts can be applied to color mixing in any medium. Find out more about my classes or register here.

How to Avoid Making Mud

Here’s a great example of the tips you’ll learn in this class: To avoid making mud, mix two primaries first. Once you get as close as you can to your desired color add the third primary. For example, mix yellow and blue to make green, then a touch of red to get the green you want. Just a few tips like this will have you mixing colors like a pro!

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Linda Womack offers encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes at WomackWorkshops.com.

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