Pat Wheeler's work, made during the week of our class

After a long day of travel I’m finally here at in beautiful Beaverly, Mass., for the annual encaustic conference.

Look for blog updates here starting tomorrow, but first I want to share images from the class I took last week with Patricia Wheeler, The Architecture of Memory, at the Oregon College of Art & Craft. (BTW, the internet connection here is terrible so I’ll have to keep this short.)

I’ve wanted to take her class for three years now but have never been able to make it happen. This year the dates were tough, the week before this conference, but I decided to go for it and I’m glad I did! I’ve been using joint compound as a textural base in my paintings off and on for a couple of years, but I knew Pat could help me talk it to a new level. The work below is not encaustic — we worked with thin acrylic washes and cold wax — but many of the techniques I learned last week will be compatible with a few changes.


This is the work I created during the week. Love those edges!


One of my paintings in the early stages, with the acrylic under painting and a first coat of joint compound


Dayna Collins starting a large panel. Click the photo to see more on her blog.

ted tree

This tree on campus fascinated me. The trunk is wrapped with bright red yarn!


Steph Brockway making an image transfer


My first attempt, 8" x 8"


The largest of my panels, 30" x 30"


That's a dried artichoke in the niche, along with image transfers of the same plant


This might be my favorite, very different for me.