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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 »

I’m thrilled to make my big announcement — my new video workshops are now available online at RobertsonWorkshops.com!

Our online video classes bring an art teacher with international experience right into your studio. Work at your own pace, get personalized instruction, and interact with a community of like-minded artists. Best of all, every class is just $49 US with six months of access to videos and the class community.

I’ve been teaching in-person in my studio and around the country for years, but availability has always been limited to a handful of students per class. At the same time, so many of you have expressed interest in my workshops over the years with the regret that you live too far away to join me. To solve both of these problems my husband Bill and I decided to offer video classes, delivered online.

Here’s How it Works

  • All videos are available immediately so you can work at your own pace.
  • Your purchase gives you six months of access to the videos starting the moment you purchase the class.
  • The class includes an online forum where you can chat with the instructor and other students, share photos of your work in progress and post finished work.
  • The instructor will answer forum questions several times daily for the first 7 days of each month.
  • You’ll also benefit from discussions with all of the other students throughout the duration of the class.

For those of you who haven’t tried encaustic painting before the new web site even includes a free video on how to set up your own encaustic studio.

Join our mailing list to be notified when new classes are added (click link and look in right column).

Can you help me spread the word?

Please forward this link to a friend or two who you think might be interested. I’ve announced this on FaceBook and Twitter recently too, so if you see those posts please “like” them or retweet. Many thanks…

This is my favorite photo from Portland Open Studios this year! I didn't realize what a comedy my book was until now. 🙂

A few of the new paintings you'll see in my studio this year

Here are a few of the new paintings you'll see in my studio this year. I'll also be painting all weekend, so stop by for a demonstration.

How can it be October already? It’s tough to believe that fall is here already, but the Portland Open Studios signs that are popping up all over town are a sure sign of it. My studio will be open on October 9, 10, 16 and 17 from 10 am – 5 pm each day. Come visit me at 5417 SE Stark St, at the corner of 55th and Stark.

Of course it’s free to visit my studio, but to see the other 99 artists on the tour you’ll need to purchase a tour guide that includes pictures of all the artists’ work and has a convenient map of all studio locations. This guide, sold for $15, serves as a ticket for two people and kids are free!

I’ll be repeating my extremely popular silent auction of my older work, sketches and experiments, so there will be some great deals for all levels of collectors. View the full auction list here.

I’ve also uploaded a preview of my mini paintings, always popular at this show. During Portland Open Studios these will be $10 less than listed on the web site, so $50 framed and $40 unframed. They make great presents!

If you would like a Tour Guide, you can buy them at Muse Art & Design, ArtMedia, 23 Sandy, Powell’s Books, New Seasons Markets and many more retailers around town. This year you can even buy tour guides online or download the guide as an app for your iPhone! You can get a preview of the artists in the tour at www.portlandopenstudios.com.

October is a big month for me every year, but this one has been busier than usual. First I attended the annual  International Encaustic Artists Retreat in Carmel and now I’m in the middle of Portland Open Studios.

The Retreat

For some reason I thought the retreat would be relaxing, but no so much. Thankfully what kept me so busy was meeting new friends, selling books, and opening my mind to new ideas and experiences. It was such a rush to be at “encaustic camp” with 65 other artists, all passionate about our medium. Our wonderful organizer, Cari Hernandez, has some wonderful photos on her FaceBook page.

Portland Open Studios

pos-studio

This beloved annual event turns 10 this year and is  stronger than ever! Visit the studios of a diverse group of 100 artists working in their chosen media including painting, sculpting, blowing glass and much more. last weekend was packed and I’ll be working again this weekend, so if you’d like to see how I paint with encaustic stop by for a demonstration:

Hive Studio
5417 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97215
Corner of SE 55th and Stark St.
Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18 from 10 am – 5 pm

I have the Portland Open Studio Tour Guides available for $15, which covers 2 adults for both weekends and the kids are free! Please contact me if you’d like to buy one, or come by my studio on the day of the event and pick one up. You can also purchase them at several other locations including ArtMedia and New Seasons.

This beloved annual event turns 10 this year and is  stronger than ever! Visit the studios of a diverse group of 100 artists working in their chosen media including painting, sculpting, blowing glass and much more. I’ll be working both weekends, so if you’d like to see how I paint with encaustic stop by for a demonstration:

Hive Studio
5417 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97215
Corner of SE 55th and Stark St.
Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18 from 10 am – 5 pm

I’m trying something new this year: a silent auction of some of my older work starting at very reasonable prices. There will be at least 8 pieces up for auction ranging from smaller works up to 30″ x 30″! I’m trying to work out a way for those of you who are out of town to have a chance to bid as well.

I have the Portland Open Studio Tour Guides available now for $15, which covers 2 adults for both weekends and the kids are free! Please contact me if you’d like to buy one, or come by my studio on the day of the event and pick one up. You can also purchase them at several other locations including ArtMedia, or online using the link above.

POS demo 2

Oh my! Portland Open Studios was busy, busy, busy this weekend. What a great time! I think a lot of people stopped by because they read about me in the Southeast Examiner, which featured a great article on Portland Open Studios and has a photograph of me working on one of my encaustic paintings.

There’s usually a time or two over the weekend when my space is completely full of people and I make my little joke, “Did you all pull up together in a bus or something?” Usually everyone laughs a little and we move on. This weekend, TWICE, it was pretty much true. One was a caravan of 10 cars traveling together so this group of friends could all enjoy the tour together, but another time it was an actual yellow school bus! I think their teacher said they said they were art students from Linfield College in McMinnville. What a great idea!

POS demo 6

The weekend went very well and I met lots of wonderful new friends. My classes sold out so quickly that I had to add another one Saturday night. Since I only teach 4 students at a time in my studio that additional class also booked up so I’m looking at adding more classes after the new year. If you already know the basics of working with wax, there are still a few spots left in some of my advanced classes. If you are interested in receiving my free monthly art events newsletter, which includes class schedules, join my mailing list.

* * Don’t forget, Portland Open Studios continues on the west side of Portland next weekend, October 20 & 21. *

Couldn’t make it to the pre-party for my Portland Open Studios weekend? Take a virtual tour via this short video:

If you’d like to join the fun in person stop by my studio this weekend, October 13 & 14, to see encaustic demos from 10 am – 5 pm. You can find more details on my web site, including the address for my studio.

Yesterday began the perfect storm of art events. Within 10 days I will:

  • Take 2 full day classes at Art & Soul
  • Attend the gala opening at Local 14, my first time in this prestigious show
  • Sell my books at Art & Soul vendor night
  • Volunteer 9 hours of my time at Local 14
  • Participate in a one night invitational encaustic show at Art of Your Life
  • Host a private party for people on my mailing list (my yearly “Thank you” party for their support. If you sign up by this weekend you’ll get an invitation too!)
  • Participate in Portland Open Studios, where I’ll be doing live demos in my studio for two full days.

Just for fun, my computer won’t read my image card so I may be a little behind in posting about all of this. It’s just not as interesting without the visuals! Check back soon for more…and wish me luck! 🙂

OK, so it wasn’t on film at all but I did get up close and personal with a local reporter. Yesterday I met with Josephine Bridges who writes for numerous papers including a local favorite that covers my neighborhood: The Southeast Examiner. Josephine is writing a story on four Portland Open Studios artists who work with unusual materials, and our resident publicity hound, Bonnie Meltzer, put her in touch with me.

Grinch before

Josephine and I had met before, but last time I was doing demos in my dining room so she was very excited to see my new studio and all of my new work. I was nervous because I don’t usually get to talk with reporters — they usually review my work without any interaction from me — but she put me right at ease. We just sat and had a conversation as if she just stopped in for tea and the time flew by. Of course I did my homework beforehand and had a press kit ready. I haven’t made too many of those either but it’s easy to find advice online on what to include.

My press kit included:

  • A copy of my resume
  • My art statement
  • My two latest press releases (about the HGTV show and my solo show at City Hall)
  • A sheet titled “What is Encaustic?” so she can write knowledgeably about my technique without having to do any additional research
  • Two promotional post cards with images on my work on them, one with a sticker announcing upcoming shows.
  • Two business cards (Someone once told me to always include two so they can give one to a friend or have one at the office and one at home)
  • A CD with high resolution images of 5 recent paintings, an image list with titles and sizes, 2 images of me with my work, 2 images from my book (Embracing Encaustic). After looking over the book she was so enthusiastic that I gave her a copy of that too!
  • What I forgot: Copies of previous press clips (duh!) and a class schedule. It turns out that she wants to take a class!

Josephine was pleasantly surprised when I gave her the folder containing my press kit. Hopefully it will make it that much easier for her to use one of my images in the story. I shamelessly pointed out that I haven’t even done a press release on the book yet, so it’s something she might consider for another story. It seems like it could have a good DIY angle.

She did ask one question that I hadn’t had before: “What’s the one thing you want people to know about your work?” This is a great question! I told her that all the technical aspects of encaustic tend to scare some people off and they should know that it’s really not that hard to get started if you just know a few basic techniques.

Look for the article in the October issue of The Southeast Examiner.

For the last three years I’ve participated in Portland Open Studios, a juried tour of 98 artists work spaces which happens in the Portland Metro Area over the second and third weekends in October. My studio will be open on October 13 & 14 from 10 am – 5 pm, and as usual I’ll be doing demonstrations all weekend of different techniques of encaustic painting.

This video was put together by one of our members, Kindra Crick, and posted on YouTube so everyone can get a feel for the different types of art available on the tour this year. As you’ll see here, we have an amazing group of artists!

This is an amazing event, not just because you can visit so many artists working in such diverse media, but because each artist does a live demonstration of their work too. It’s like getting free art classes all over town! You will see artists painting, sculpting, blowing glass, and more, in all kinds of settings from elaborate lake shore studios to modest spaces in houses and garages. You are welcome to ask questions about materials and methods as you watch the artistic mind at work. You will even have a chance to purchase memorable artworks from the artists for a truly personal connection.

Tour Guides are available all over town including Art Media and Powell’s Books as well as from participating artists. Check out the Portland Open Studios web site for more locations and more previews of the artists work. Tour guides are only $15 for two adults for BOTH weekends. Oh, and did I mention that the kids are free? Can’t beat that.

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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.

Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax
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