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Seeing Without Knowing, 21″ x 31″ framed, encaustic, was $850, now $425

I was delivering some work the other day and saw the name Womack on the back of a panel and realized how much I still love those paintings, but definitely not my old name. That got me thinking…I already have a fresh start in the rest of my life so why not on my art panels as well? Then I realized the new year is the perfect time to celebrate a #FreshArtStart!

>>  View all of the art on sale here  <<

 

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Rise Against the Wind, 12″ x 28″, SOLD

That’s good news for you because I’ve decided to sell selected paintings that are signed under my former name at 50% off* during my upcoming show at the AIR gallery in Oregon. The show runs through February 14 so visit soon to claim the painting you’ve had your eye on. If you see something here that interests you, email me to buy your painting now, though it will need to hang in the show (where you’ll be envied by others!) until February 14. The sale ends on leap day, February 29, 2016. Appropriate, don’t you think?

There are more “W” paintings on sale than I’ve posted here, so come to the show to see the rest, or view the complete list here.

Our Warm Up the Winter event will be my first show at the reimagined AIR Gallery with Fred Swan as our Director and my fellow artists in residence Suzanne Vaughn, Theresa Andrea O’Leary, and Jo Grishman. For those of you who know Fred, you’ll know how lucky we are to have him in charge. AIR Gallery, Pioneer Place, 700 SW Fifth (3rd floor), Portland, Oregon. Open Thursday – Sunday from 12 – 6 pm.

I will sign the back of all #FreshArtStart paintings with my beautiful original name, Linda Robertson, before they go out the door. Count on it.

* This discount doesn’t apply to packing or shipping.
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What Cannot Be Torn Away, 12″ x 28″, encaustic. SOLD

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As Souls Blend (diptych), encaustic, 11 x 28. SOLD

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Songs Never Cease, 48″ x 36″, encaustic, was $2200 now $1100

new-years-2016The New Year is upon us which always comes as quite a shock to me. It seems like just yesterday I was ringing in the new year with my neighbors, watching fireworks and banging on pots and pans (I know, #oldschool). I decided to shake things up last night by dancing in the new year at a Bollywood dance party!

Like many of you, I’ve looked back and celebrated my 2015 highlights, feeling proud of my accomplishments. Among them I had three big art events in Seattle and Portland, launched two new books in my Embracing Encaustic series, went on several short trips with friends and family, and taught four sold out sessions of my 5-day Wax Week workshops to artists from 4 countries and all across the US and Canada.

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Installing my work at the AIR Gallery in Portland, Oregon with fellow artists Kelly Williams and Karl Kaiser.

I am also conscious of a few disappointments, including not getting back to home to see my family last year and missing two major art retrospectives that I was really excited about. Why? Because I was too busy. Because I didn’t make a good enough plan to get there. Because I was going with the flow.

In that respect I want 2016 to be very different. I’m going to take time early in the year to plan what I want to do and a reasonable way to make it happen.

Don’t get me wrong, going with the flow is sometimes exactly what you need and sometimes simply all you can possibly do, but it does allow time to slip away, quietly and steadily. But I feel like it’s time for a shift. Don’t you? So today I challenge you not to look back, but to look forward.

What do you want to remember about 2016 and how can you make that happen?

Whatever it is, if it happens on a certain date then get it on your calendar NOW. If it can happen any time, pick a date and honor it. What steps will it take to get you there? Can you do any of them this week? It would be a great start to your new year!

Me? I just booked my trip to Hawaii to see my family and I am finalizing my plans for teaching in New York again this fall.

I’ve already shared some of these exciting projects in my last newsletter, and I’ll be revealing some new classes in my next one so if we aren’t connected yet be sure to join my mailing list for all the updates. I wish you all a very happy new year!

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Artists of the AIR Gallery (L-R): Fred Swan (our fearless leader and curator), Linda Robertson, Theresa Andreas-O’leary, Suzanne Vaughan, and Jo Grishman

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Leslie shared her inspiration for her latest encaustic painting

Starting this January I’ll join four other artists as a partner in the Artist in Residence (AIR) Gallery in Portland, Oregon. How’s that for a great start to the new year? Our little band of artists will work together – with the addition of a special guest artist every two months – to contribute a new and creative voice to the galleries at Pioneer Place.

We envision the AIR Gallery to be an evolving arts destination where a variety of events will be held. We currently have meetups, classes, demonstrations, poetry readings and book launches already in the works for 2016! I also plan to host a monthly meet up of artists working in encaustic so we can see what everyone is up to. I held a trail run of that idea last month and it was a great success so join my mailing list or follow me on Facebook to keep up with the dates

Mark your calendars now for our regular openings on the third Saturday of every month from 5 to 9 pm, when you can visit all of the galleries on the top floor of Pioneer Place at the same time! Pioneer Place, 700 SW 5th Ave., Portland, Oregon. Check out the AIR Gallery Facebook page for photos from recent shows and openings. Our web site will be up and running soon.

Encaustic Painters Meetup

The AIR Gallery offers elegant meeting space for many types of arts events.

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Linda Robertson is the author of the Embracing Encaustic Book series and she offers live encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes.

I’ve taught encaustic workshops for many yearsPresto Square Griddle using pancake griddles as the hot pallets, so I’ve become pretty opinionated about the type I like. I have a wonderful R&F Paints heated palette which I love, but since most students won’t be able to get that right away I like to teach with what they’re likely to have at home.

My favorite griddle brands are Rival and Presto because they last for years and offer fairly even heat which is important when painting with wax. I was almost tempted this time by another brand offering a white ceramic surface which would be great for mixing colors, but the reviews were not terrific, specifically mentioning uneven heat. So off I went to get my new griddles. It was a pretty funny trip because you get some strange looks at the store when you buy pancake griddles in bulk!

I was disappointed not to find the type I love but then I realized I had stumbled upon something even better: a square griddle (easier to reach everything if you’re shorter like me or can’t stand while you paint) with a tiny drainage area (which keeps any wax you’re mixing on the palette from falling into the drain) and a warming tray attachment that can be removed and replaced with a wooden dowel to create a handy paintbrush holder.

I’ve just replaced all of my griddles with this style for my upcoming 5-day Wax Week classes, so I’m excited to try them out!

If you’d like to join me at Wax Week, 2 spots just opened in my October 19 – 23 Wax Week class in Portland, Oregon. No experience needed. In this 5-day intensive workshop we’ll focus on combining wax with different media like collage papers, photographs, pastels, inks, pigment sticks, stamps and much more. View project photos and register for Wax Week here. Can’t make it to the full week? I’ve just added an option to get one-day passes.

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Linda Robertson is the author of the Embracing Encaustic Book series and she offers live encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes.

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Art by Margo

Every year I hear from students who want to take my encaustic workshops but either live too far away to fly in for just one or two days or prefer a more immersive environment where they can learn many techniques in a short time.

With this in mind I offer 5-day intensive workshops called Wax Week, that combine some of my most popular classes with some brand new techniques that will keep you creating new work for years to come.

It was such a busy summer that I didn’t have time to share photos of my two Wax Week classes in July. These sessions included artists from 3 countries and 7 different states, which is the most diverse crowd I’ve ever had!

You’ll see from the photographs below that we not only had fun, but everyone made terrific art as well. During these classes life-long friendships are often formed, with friends meeting up again and again as they find new classes to conquer together. I hope you’ll join our Wax Week family soon!

Find out more about my workshops in Portland Oregon here!

Margo and Sharon working outside and Betti's finished photo collage

Margo and Sharon working outside and Betti’s finished photo collage

Lunch under the trees with Stephanie, Betti and Micki

Lunch under the trees with Stephanie, Betti and Micki

Rebecca's dragonfly collage and Kathleen and Micki work on pouring techniques.

Rebecca’s dragonfly collage and Kathleen and Micki work on pouring techniques.

Fara's photo collage

Fara’s photo collage

One of our Wax Week family dinners!

One of our Wax Week family dinners!

Mixed media painting by Debra and just a few of the pieces made during one 5-day class!

Mixed media painting by Debra and just a few of the pieces made during one 5-day class!

Pam working on her story box

Pam working on her story box

Dinner out with the girls: Linda, Margo, Tif and me

Dinner out with the girls: Linda, Margo, Tif and me

Sometimes we visit studios of my local artist friends, like Karl Kaiser

Sometimes we visit with my local artist friends, like this trip to see Karl Kaiser’s studio

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Linda Robertson is the author of the Embracing Encaustic Book series and she offers live encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes.

Seeds of Things to Come, encaustic and mixed media, 11 x 14 in., by Linda Robertson

Seeds of Things to Come, encaustic and mixed media, 11 x 14 in., by Linda Robertson

Northwest Encaustic is hosting a one person show of my work in their Seattle studio and gallery from July 9 – August 13, 2015. The openings are on July 9 and August 13, from 6 – 9 pm. I WILL BE IN SEATTLE FOR THE CLOSING PARTY ON AUGUST 13, so if you’re in the area I hope you’ll come by to say hello!

The studio/gallery is located in “The Building,” behind the Morgan Street Junction which houses artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Explore all three floors during the West Seattle Art Walk on the second Thursday of each month.

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Shaun Doll, expertly hanging my work for the show!

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Embracing Encaustic book

I’m thrilled to announce that the second book in my Embracing Encaustic series is now available! Embracing Encaustic: Mixing Media, the second book in the series, builds on the basic techniques illustrated in my first book, Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax.

Today artists are pushing encaustic painting in new directions by working with all kinds of different media, below, above and within their wax, and this book celebrates that. You’ll find step-by-step instructions on working with oil sticks, burning shellac, creating encaustic monotypes, drawing on wax with graphite and artists’ crayons, using stencils with encaustic and other media, and pouring wax.

The Inspiration Gallery will introduce you to the work of 36 artists and serve as a springboard for you to find your own unique way of working with this exciting medium.

Find out more about both of my eBooks or purchase them here.

No Kindle? No problem! Here’s a blog post on how easy it is to read an eBook on your tablet, PC, Mac or smart phone.

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I’ve recently returned from teaching a three day encaustic and mixed media workshop in Rochester, New York. This sold-out class was hosted by my friend and fellow artist Kathryn Bevier in her roomy studio at Anderson Alley Artists. What a wonderful experience! I feel lucky to have connected with each of these very talented artists.

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My classes included Secrets of Creating Depth, Working with Stencils using wax and other materials, plus Wax Transfers with Photos, Drawings and Rubbings. I offer these classes regularly in my Portland, Oregon studio. View my class schedule here. I also offer encaustic classes online at RobertsonWorkshops.com.

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The painting is by Pat Costigan and the sculpture, as a work in progress, is by Jerry Alonzo.

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Hmm, there are lots of cocktails in these photos…

It was exciting to spend some time with by Kathryn as well as my buddy Mike Lesczinski who owns Rochester Art Supply / FineArtStore.com. Many of you may recognize them from the Enkaustikos booth at different encaustic conferences and events across the country.

Most of the class joined me for an epic after hours shopping trip at Rochester Art Supply one night. We were there for hours, finding one deal after another and drooling over their amazing paper room. Mike was also kind enough to make a goodie bag with a Wax Snap and and one of their new EnkaustiKolors set for everyone in the class.

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goodie-bagThanks to Rachel Marie Sharpe from Rochester Art Supply and Kathryn Bevier for sharing their photos with me for this blog post.

Upon a Singing Wind, 24" x 24", encaustic and mixed media

Upon a Singing Wind, 24″ x 24″, encaustic and mixed media

What a great title for a show, right? You can still see my paintings for a few more days at In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, a gorgeous gallery in Oregon City, Oregon.

The show is called “Children of Picasso” and includes work with a playful spirit. The challenge of the exhibition is to encourage adult artists to find and express the freedom and joy of the child within as they present their work. It’s a really exciting show!

In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art
820 Main Street, Suite “D”, Oregon City
The show ends on April 27, 2015

For more information call (971) 258-2502 or visit http://inboccaallupofineart.com

There are some classes I only teach in the summer because they are a little messy like Beautiful Backgrounds or a little smelly like Encaustic & Shellac. But some of them, like my Wax Scrolls class, are just more fun that way! It’s one of my favorite classes to teach because everyone gets to make something big and beautiful that they can hang on their walls right away.

This expressive process will make you feel like a kid again! That turned out to be an especially good thing for Sarah, an artist who is also a teacher with the Lake Oswego School District. After taking my Wax Scrolls class she introduced the technique to her first and second grade students who then made their own collaborative scrolls in her classes. Check out their beautiful work!

Sarah says: “The kids used Batik stamps on sumi paper, then groups chose a base color to start with. They used fresh leaves as masks and added additional color over the top. Thank you for the inspiration and technique, Linda!” And I want to add my thanks to Sarah for keeping art and creativity alive in her classroom. It’s so inspiring to see her classes come together to make such great collaborative work.

Learn to make your own beautiful Wax Scrolls in my Oregon studio this summer. If you can’t get to Portland for one of my studio classes, look for a video based scrolls class through RobertsonWorkshops.com web site this fall!

Wax Scrolls made by Sarah's first- and second-grade classes

Wax Scrolls made by Sarah’s first and second grade classes

 

 

You may have heard that the new edition of my eBook, Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax, is now available for instant download. While this is an updated version of the printed version, there are also 35 exciting new artists who share their work as well as reveal their personal painting methods and explain why they are compelled to make the work they do. Get the book here!

If you aren’t a regular reader of eBooks, never fear! Follow these easy instructions on how to download and read my eBooks.

Embracing Encaustic Artists

The big surprise is that there will be two eBooks instead of one, both under the Embracing Encaustic title. This allows a total of 70 artists to be included between the two books while keeping downloads manageable. The second eBook, Embracing Encaustic: Mixing Media, will have all new techniques and will be available within the next 2 months.

The artists represented in the pages of my Embracing Encaustic eBooks were gracious enough to allow me to share their work with you, and for that I am forever grateful. These books wouldn’t be nearly as interesting without their vast talents and generosity. I’m so excited to share their work with you!

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The artists in Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax include:

Amy Royce, Andrea Benson, Ann Huffman, Bethany Handfield, Bridgette Guerzon Mills, Debra Claffey, Eileen P. Goldenberg, Emily Rutledge, Eva McCauley, Geoffrey Kostecki, Gretchen Papka, Janet Amundson-Splidsboel, Jeff Juhlin, Johanna Gardner, Judith Williams, Kara Brook, Kellie Weeks, Kevin Frank, Kimberly Kent, Kindra Crick, Linda Robertson, Linda Widstrand, Lisa Sisley-Blinn, Mary Farmer, Mary Mettenbrink, Mitchell Visoky, Norman Soskel, Patricia Dusman, Rachelle Kaldani, Robin Samiljan, Sally Arnold, Serena Barton, Sherrie Posternak, Stephanie Hoff Clayton, Tracy Spadafora.

Embracing Encaustic: Mixing MediaThe artists in Embracing Encaustic: Mixing Media include:

Alicia Forestall-Boehm, Amber George, Amelia Currier, Amy Finder, Caryl St. Ama, Catherine Nash, Daniella Woolf, David Price, Deborah Martin, Deborah Winiarski, Diana González Gandolfi, Elise Wagner, Erica Konrad, Ezshwan Winding, Francesca Azzara, Gregory Wright, Jessie Smith-Larson, Josie Rodriguez, Judy Wise, Karl Kaiser, Kathleen Burke, Leslie Pearson, Linda Robertson, Lisa Marie Sipe, Marty Ittner, Michele Thrane, Pamela Winegard, Paula Roland, Shaun Doll, Sigrid Rogers, Susanne K. Arnold, Tatiana deFigueiredo, Tina Viljoen, Tracey Adams, Tracy Proctor-Kelly, Vicki Moser

Update: This blog post was written when my first eBook was published so all the links go to that Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax. If you’d like to get my second book, Embracing Encaustic: Mixing Media just use this link instead but the steps will be the same: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z7Z2YMA/

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You may have heard that my book, Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax, has been updated and released exclusively as a eBook! Here’s a link to the official announcement with some images from the book.

If you aren’t a regular reader of eBooks, never fear! I’ve got easy instructions below on how to download and read my eBook. Publishing this edition exclusively as an eBook allowed me to create a more comprehensive book at half the price which can be downloaded instantly anywhere in the world. Aside from the gratification of an instant download I think the best part of an electronic book is that you can double tap on each image and enlarge it to view the details, just as you would on your smart phone. Try THAT with a printed book!

If you have a dedicated Kindle reader then you already know how easy eBooks are to download and read.

You don’t need a separate Kindle device to read eBooks. If you want to read them on a tablet, smart phone, PC or Mac you’ll just need to download a little bit of free software called the Kindle Reading App. Amazon now has a built in link on my book page to make it even easier to get.

Easy instructions for purchasing and reading my eBook

Here are a few easy steps to downloading and reading my eBook:

  1. Go to http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T6OPFMY (or the appropriate link for your country)
  2. Look for the area on the page that says “Get the Free Kindle App” and enter your email address (I would suggest using your email address instead of entering your phone number if you don’t text much).
  3. Amazon will send you a link to download the appropriate software. Be sure to open that Amazon email on whatever device you want to use to read the book. If you want to use a tablet, open it using the email program on your tablet. If you want to use a Mac or PC, open it using the email program on your Mac or PC.
  4. Once you have the Kindle software installed just go back to the eBook link at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T6OPFMY and purchase the eBook. Your purchase will be delivered to whichever device you have listed in the box on the right side of the screen.

Yes, it’s that easy. Enjoy!

Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with BeeswaxThe time has finally come! The electronic edition of my book, Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax, is finally available. Publishing this edition exclusively as an eBook allowed me to create a more comprehensive book at half the price which can be downloaded instantly anywhere in the world. It is available through Amazon.com for Kindle readers, iPads, smart phones and other devices with Kindle software including Macs and PC’s. A Nook version will be available at a later date.

If you aren’t a regular reader of eBooks, never fear! Follow these easy instructions on how to download and read my eBook.

The surprise is that there will actually be two eBooks instead of one, both under the Embracing Encaustic title, which allowed me to include a total of 70 artists while keeping downloads manageable. The first release is available now, the revised third edition of Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax. This contains essentially the same content as the previously printed book, but with 35 exciting new artists who not only share their work but also reveal their personal painting methods and explain why they are compelled to make the work they do.

The second eBook, Embracing Encaustic: Mixing Media, will be filled with all new step-by-step techniques including working with shellac, using stencils, mark making, creating encaustic monotypes, pouring wax and more. The gallery section of the second book will include an additional 35 artists, sharing work that relates to the techniques I’ll share in that book. I expect this next book to be available by the end of March.

Here are a few screen shots from the eBook version of Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax

Here are a few screen shots from the eBook version of Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax

The Longer Story

This eBook project, started in the summer of 2012, has been plagued by difficult circumstances and bad timing. Read the rest of this entry »

Every year I hear from students who want to take my encaustic workshops but live too far away to fly in for just one or two days. With them in mind I offer my Wax Week class, a 5-day intensive workshop that combines some of my most popular classes with some brand new techniques that will keep you creating new work for years to come.

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Happy Wax Week artists with some of what they created over our 5 days together

I’ll have two Wax Week sessions this year that will cover different techniques, so you can choose the workshop that best suits your style:

Wax Week: From the Ground Up (only 2 spots left!)
Mon – Fri, July 20-24, 2015
Subjects include creating beautiful backgrounds before you wax, working creatively and safely with shellac, mixing different media within one painting, secrets of creating depth, pouring wax for an ultra smooth finish, and taking your painting from start to finish. All levels are welcome.

Wax Week: Mixing Media*
Mon – Fri, Oct. 5 – 9, 2015
Subjects include mixing different media within one painting, creating transfers with photographs, drawings and rubbings, texture and embossing, secrets of creating depth and taking your painting from start to finish. All levels are welcome.

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Thoughts Into Reality, Encaustic & Mixed Media, by Linda Robertson

Most supplies will be provided including wax, paint, brushes, paper, boards, and basic encaustic tools. Space is limited to 6 students and classes fill quickly. I hope to see you soon. More detailed information, photos and registration here!

* Those of you coming in October will get an extra bonus:  The timing on this class is perfect to also attend Portland Open Studios on Oct. 10 – 11. You can choose from almost 100 art studios to visit including some of my favorite Portland painters who work in encaustic. Don’t miss this!

cls_fixit-sketchEncaustic Fix It Clinic
Saturday, January 24, 2015

Go on, admit it. How many times have you wondered what’s wrong with that painting? It may be a technical problem or a place where all of your colors turn to mud. Or maybe you just can’t put your finger on it and need another opinion. In this class each artist will share one of their problem paintings with the class and we’ll discuss options for fixing it, then you’ll have the rest of the class to do just that, with help readily available of course!

Here’s how it works: You choose 1 or 2 of your problem paintings and bring them to class. We’ll work as a group to help you discover how to improve you work or discuss how to solve any technical issues. With this collaborative approach we can all learn from each others challenges. No class will ever be the same because what we cover depends on who is attending and what questions arise.

This class is not intended to teach you new techniques, but rather to help you perfect those you have tried but are having trouble with. In addition to your questions, you’ll benefit from the help the other students need as well. I hope you’ll join me for a low pressure way to learn from your (and everyone else’s) mistakes!

Confirmation, directions to my studio and additional information will be emailed to each student upon registration. Space is limited to 4 students so classes fill quickly. View class photos and register here

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My Books: Embracing Encaustic Series

There are now two books under the Embracing Encaustic title, Learning to Paint with Beeswax and the new title Advanced Techniques for Mixing Media, each focusing on specific encaustic techniques. Between the two books there are a total of 70 artists who share their work, reveal their personal painting methods and explain why they are compelled to make the work they do.Find out more and purchase them online here.

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