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.

You can also see the show by appointment by contacting Shaun Doll at shaun@nwencaustic.com.

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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

Online encaustic classes at RobertsonWorkshops.com

Online encaustic classes at RobertsonWorkshops.com

Here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative new year! To help you with the creative part use the promo code below to get $20 OFF any (or all) of my online encaustic classes.

Taking classes online gives you the benefit of watching the videos as many times as you need to in order to feel comfortable trying it yourself. I offer several different classes including Painting & Texture, Encaustic & Collage, Stencils, Wax Transfers, and Shellac. Each class page has a free bonus video as well as a video excerpt from the actual class, so I encourage you to view those videos even if you don’t take the class.

Just go to http://www.RobertsonWorkshops.com and click on the link of the class you want to take. At checkout enter “NewYear20″ where it says “apply promo code” and enjoy! (Offer Expires 1/5/2015. Good for the “rent all” option to purchase a full class, not for individual lessons. This can’t be applied to previous registrations and cannot be redeemed for cash.) FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS WITH FRIENDS!

Online encaustic classes at RobertsonWorkshops.com

Online Encaustic & Shellac class at RobertsonWorkshops.com

Add wax to your favorite photograph for a festive reminder of the year!

Add wax to your favorite photograph for a festive reminder of the year!

Welcome the changing of the seasons with me in my cozy Oregon studio by making a beautiful waxy ornament to decorate your windows or trees over the holidays!

I’ll have my make-n-take holiday ornament station set up again this year, so stop by and add wax to your favorite photograph or drawing for a festive reminder of the year. If you’ve always wanted to work with wax, this will be a fun, easy, free introduction. These are kid friendly too so feel free to bring the family.

I’ll also have snacks, drinks and great gift ideas from small paintings to large wax scrolls all at 25% off, plus gift certificates for classes and more. I hope you can join me! Read the rest of this entry »

Many artists need time alone in order to focus enough to get their work done. While I consider myself very sociable, even I think twice before I go to an art event because it’s still time away from my studio. It’s fine to have your alone time, but I want to encourage all of you to get out of your studios and go visit with other artists whenever you can! Local art events offer an easy way to visit many studios in a short period of time, so that would be a good place to start.

We just had a big one here in Oregon, called Portland Open Studios, and I was happy to visit with a number of artists I’ve never met before as well as those I try to visit regularly. I often post photos from my studio visits on my Facebook timeline.

My Facebook posting about Randall's work

At every studio I try to ask other visitors “what was your favorite stop so far?” This year several people mentioned Randall David Tipton. I hadn’t heard of before so on the list he went and boy am I glad of it! Read the rest of this entry »

Treat yourself to some fun before the end of the year in one of my live classes:

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Surface Design with Stencils

Making Encaustic Medium & Paint
Tuesday, Oct. 21. All levels welcome.

Special Effects with Dry Pigments (New!)
Saturday, Oct. 25. Intermediate level class.

Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Saturday, Nov. 1 or Dec. 6. All levels welcome.

Surface Design with Stencils
Saturday, Nov. 8, Intermediate level class.

Encaustic Monotypes & Paper Lanterns (New!)
Saturday, Nov. 15. All levels welcome.

Capture Memories with Encaustic Collage
Saturday, Jan. 10, All levels welcome.

View class photos, descriptions and register at the link below. For most classes all supplies are included and no experience is necessary. These classes will be held in my private studio in  Portland, Oregon.

>> View my complete class schedule here, including online classes for those of you not in Portland

So that’s it for another Wax Week! I only do these 5 day intensive classes once or twice a year and it’s always exciting for me to watch such an enthusiastic community of artists bound by wax. I usually have students from several states and this session was no different except that several of them could claim many states as their home since they happened to be in transition. No matter, everyone came with an open mind, an open heart and kind words for their fellow artists.

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Dorothy, Sandy and Mary sharing a laugh

A bird theme seemed to appear pretty quickly! This is by Sandy.

A bird theme seemed to appear pretty quickly! This is by Sandy.

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Mary with her hummingbirds

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Sandy’s hummingbirds

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Dorothy’s owl

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Leslie, Dorothy and Sandy adding texture to their work

Shannon's texture tools getting a workout!

Shannon’s texture tools getting a workout!

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Textured landscape by Leslie

Shannon's beautiful work with texture

It’s safe to say that Shannon especially loved adding texture!

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Sandy fusing with the heat gun

Lunch under the trees

Lunch under the trees

Shannon is back to work on image transfers. What a change in mood!

Shannon is back to work on image transfers. What a change in mood!

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Mary’s Garden

Sandy's collage

Sandy’s collage

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A toast to end a wonderful week!

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Thanks Sandy, Mary, Shannon, Dorothy and Leslie for an exciting week.

New techniques learned, exciting art created and new friendships formed. I love to see everyone swapping contact info before they leave. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

I’m planning my Wax Week dates for 2015 now! If you’re interested in joining us please sign up for my free newsletter to be notified when dates are finalized. I hope to see you in Portland soon!

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

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