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Jack-scarAs many of you know my sweet studio dog Jack was diagnosed with cancer last month. The vet found a tumor on his belly that needed to be operated on right away. Within 2 days he’d had the surgery and after a few complications he is now cancer free and on the mend. I’m so very thankful that he will be OK.

Now it’s time to celebrate! I’m combining my spring studio sale with a party for Jack. Expect a big cake and wine as well as plenty of great art and some fun and unusual auction items. Jack will be available for belly scratches and photographs all afternoon.

Studio Sale & Celebration
[My studio sale was a big success, thank you!]
Linda Robertson Arts Studio

My summer encaustic class schedule is out too so come by to see what the projects we’ll create and sign up for classes (they are filling fast). It’s going to be a great summer to make some art!

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

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Online encaustic classes at RobertsonWorkshops.com

Online encaustic classes at RobertsonWorkshops.com

Great news! My online encaustic classes are now available by the class or by the lesson, allowing you to purchase exactly what you need. A few lessons are as little as $5 and each class page has at least one free bonus video. 

Each page has a free excerpt from the class plus at least one free bonus video! Check them out here: http://www.RobertsonWorkshops.com/

Are you new to encaustic? Not a problem! You should know that encaustic is one of the oldest forms of painting, with paint made from pure pigment mixed with beeswax and resin. The mixture is applied hot, and then reheated to fuse the layers together. It’s one of the most forgiving mediums available, allowing you to “undo” virtually anything, giving you the freedom to be fearless and let your creativity flow. My online encaustic classes will get you started working in this beautiful and unique medium in no time.

Online encaustic classes at RobertsonWorkshops.com

Online Encaustic & Shellac class at RobertsonWorkshops.com

Last week I hosted a 5-day Wax Week Mixed Media workshop in my Portland, Oregon studio. I usually travel across the country offering this workshop at schools like Idyllwild Arts in California and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Tennessee, but I needed some time off from all the packing and unpacking so I invited students to come visit me this year.

Students from Washington, California, Colorado and Texas joined in the fun working with encaustic paint, paper, pastels, stamps, pigment sticks, inks, encaustic monotypes, wax scrolls and more! Here are a few photographs from the June session.

If you missed this Wax Week class you have another chance in August when the weather in Portland will be spectacular for a visit. Come join us!

Dawn adds texture and color to her panel

A few of the 5 foot long wax scrolls we created, Karen on left, Laura on right

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What a party! Last weekend there was a huge grand opening party at the eagerly awaited Mark Woolley Gallery where one of my paintings has already sold. Long time Portland art broker and gallerist Mark Woolley opened this new space as part of The Settlement galleries in Pioneer Place. For those of you were able to visit my “Spots of Time” show at People’s Art, Mark’s new gallery is on the same floor. Make sure you also have time to visit Place, another gallery on the same floor with a fantastic show this month (photos below).

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Songs Never Cease, 36 x 48, installed at Opus VII Gallery

I love a good art blog and Nancy Natale has got one. Nancy is a visual artist who works in several types of media including encaustic. We only see each other once a year or so at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, but we keep up with each other through email, blogs and FaceBook. Last year she even bought one of my paintings at the conference.

Recently Nancy put out a call for an online exhibit called Art & Music, looking for art influenced by music and I’m happy to have my work included in the show. While choosing which piece to submit I started looking at my art in a new light which I think is a good indication of a strong curatorial theme. The show turned into a fascinating look at several artists work I hadn’t seen before, as well as a new view of my own work.

Here’s how Nancy introduced the show: “Listening to music while making art is a common practice in the studio. All that silence of solitude needs breaking up with melody and rhythm. It keeps us company, gets us singing and dancing, influences our moods and creeps into our art.”

I hope you’ll view the show and then take a look at your work in a new light. Does music influence your art?

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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 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…

A couple of weeks ago I taught my first workshop internationally. I spent a week in Okanagan Falls, Canada teaching two encaustic workshops to 24 very enthusiastic women. We had fun! It was easily the best view I’ve ever had from a studio window, looking out on beautiful Skaha lake.

Normally I have lots of photos to post here from each workshop, but mine didn’t come out so well this time. Luckily my host, Thea Haubrich, from Twin Lakes Encaustic Art saved the day with her own excellent photos of the workshops. Thanks Thea! Thea and I have been long distance friends for years now, but this trip gave me a chance to get to know her and her husband much better and to finally visit their beautiful town.. It was a pleasure to teach in Canada and meet such a nice group of poeple.

Many of you have met my husband, Bill, on these teaching trips and might wonder what he does while I’m so busy. He put up a fun blog post about this trip here so I thought I’d share it. Talk about being in the right place at the right time! He always manages to find something interesting everywhere we go.

Are you interested in meeting with other encaustic artists to share ideas and learn more about this fascinating medium? Here’s a great opportunity for you to join a new encaustic club forming in Portland. I’m not running the group, just trying to help Liz and Linda get the word out about it.

Who?
The organizers are Liz McDonald and Linda Marple, avid amateurs and students of Portland encaustic teacher Linda Womack.

Why?
To meet with other encaustic artists for critiques and problem-solving, show and tell, and possibly assignments to explore specific techniques or themes. Group ordering of supplies to cut down on costs. The group will be open to ideas from participants. The goal is to share and learn.

Where?
The club meets once a month. Please contact Liz to find out the next location if you’d like to attend.

In November 2009 I had a big show of my encaustic paintings up at Guardino Gallery (2939 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Oregon). Below is a video tour from the opening reception to give you an idea of what it looked like.

If you enjoy it, please pass it on to your friends! The beautiful ceramic sculptures were created by Sara Swink.

OK, is it wrong to begin with my own show? No? You are so kind. Here are a few photos from the opening of my solo show, Chasing Time, at Cube Gallery which closes on March 31.

Gallery owner Kimberly Kent and I sampled a little wine as we set up

Gallery owner Kimberly Kent and I sampled a little wine as we set up

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Marcy Baker and I discussing a painting

Marcy Baker and I discussing a painting

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By the time things really packed in there I couldn’t get to the camera anymore so these will have to do. The next night I attended two more wonderful shows. My friend Sheary Clough Suiter, who I met at the encaustic conference last year, was down form Alaska for her opening at the Attic Gallery in downtown Portland. This show closes March 28.

Me, Amy Stoner and Sheary, with her paintings in the background

Me, Amy Stoner and Sheary, with her paintings in the background

Sara and her buddy for the evening

Sara and her buddy for the evening

I also popped over to the always excellent Beet Gallery to visit Sara Swink and her quirky and evocative ceramic sculptures. I’m paired with Sara in my November show at Guardino Gallery in Portland. We’re talking about working on a collaborative piece for the Guardino show so we’ll have to start experimenting soon…

Also not to be missed this month (but I haven’t been there yet!):

Betsy Eby at Winston Wachter (Seattle)

Da Vinci: The Genius at OMSI (Portland)

Chris Reilly at Scott White Contemporary (San Diego)

Did i miss something? Leave a comment and let everyone know!

I’m in normally temperate Portland, Oregon where we’ve had snow off and on for about a week. It’s definitely ON now with blowing snow of 5 – 10 inches to the valley floor (unheard of here!)and and ice storm moving in tonight. If you turn on the news it’s clear that lots of folks have it way worse than us, but we’re all still stuck in the house.

Matchbox Ornaments by Bridget Benton

Matchbox Ornaments by Bridget Benton

If you’ve looking for something fun to do my friend Bridget Benton of Eyes Aflame has a great project for you. Simple, beautiful matchbox ornaments! Check out her blog of lots of wonderful projects that will keep you busy for days, or take one of her classes when the weather clears up! View the matchbox ornament demo here.

In case you can’t get to Portland to see Andrea Schwartz-Feit’s encaustic show at Butters Gallery (closing Dec. 20), here’s a taste of it through an excellent interview by Eva Lake.

It’s always fascinating to me to hear an artist talk about their work and feel the enthusiasm they have for their subjects, but it’s something I rarely get to experience. Here’s a pretty good substitute!

You can find many more interviews on Eva’s blog or on KBOO radio’s Art Focus program Enjoy!

I just have a minute to post today but I wanted to share an interview I did recently for  a great new service called TeachStreet. I’m one of their featured teachers this month! Here’s how they introduce themselves on their web site:

“We started TeachStreet because we like to learn new things and so do our friends. We want to get away from our computers and out into the real world. We want to build community, make ourselves a bit smarter and empower the great local teachers living in our hometowns. We built TeachStreet to be a headache-free place for insatiable learners to quickly find great local instructors—whether they want to learn photography or square dancing.”

View the the full interview here.

This is just a short post to share with your the first seeds of my new series, tentatively called Continuum. I started the first piece before the National Encaustic conference and have been working on new pieces since my return. I’m calling it Continuum because the series reflects the gradual growth of my work as well as the philosophy behind it.

I was inspired to start this series after realizing that so many things in life cycle back and show up again and again; certain dates, numbers, patterns and rhythms that catch my notice. These are marks in the history of time which have always been there and will be there long after we are gone. But enough of that for now, let’s get visual.

This one started it all. Continuum #1 (Diptych), 13″ x 27″, Encaustic and mixed media

Continuum #2, 11″ x 11″, Encaustic and mixed media

Continuum #3, 14″ x 13″, Encaustic and mixed media

Continuum #4, 13″ x 13″, Encaustic and mixed media

Continuum #5, 13″ x 13″, Encaustic and mixed media

Continuum #6, 13″ x 13″, Encaustic and mixed media

As you can see I’m working small until I get warmed up, then I’ll start working larger. My 20″ x 30″ and 24″ x 24″ panels should be ready by tomorrow, so I’ll start those soon. Eventually I’d like to get to a few 48″ panels. If you have any comments I’d love to hear them. I’m really excited by this new work and feel like I’m off on a great new adventure!

Wow, what a busy weekend! We had a great book release party on Friday for Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax and lots of friends came by to wish us well. If you couldn’t make ti to the party here in Portland, here’s a taste of the fun.

My husband Bill was instrumental in getting this book to press so it was a real family celebration. We had books for sale at the party but they will be available to everyone else online by June 15. First we have the really BIG party at the National Encaustic Conference next week near Boston. I plan to blog about the conference most days I’m there, so watch this space for updates from the road. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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