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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 »

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

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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.

Nina added dried flowers to complete her very first piece!

Nina added dried flowers as the finishing touch on her very first painting ever!

Emily added Chinese characters as a focal point

Busy, busy, busy. What a great weekend! I held a Beginning Encaustic Intensive class on Saturday with two of my 6 students, a mother and daughter, flying in from California to join in on the fun. I’ve had people come from all over recently including Florida, Pennsylvania and Colorado. I’ve also made some great new friends in various parts of Canada, who now come down for workshops whenever they can. I even had an inquiry from Guatemala last week! I feel so international.

On Sunday I headed off to see friends showing their work in Portland Open Studios which left me inspired and ready to paint! The beautiful weather may have worked against some people as we Oregonians are gearing up for rain this time of year and expect every day of sunshine to be the last one we see for months.

Sara Swink's engaging clay sculptures

I'm thrilled to share a gallery show with Sara Swink next year in Portland

I made a special trip to see my friend Sara Swink as we’ve just found our work will be paired for a show at Guardino Gallery next November (that’s 2009). I had never been to her studio before so it was even more exciting to visit with her and see her new work. I’ve been a fan of Sara’s for a long time so I’m thrilled to be showing with her.

I also caught up with Erin Leichty whom I met while I was taking a workshop at Oregon College of Art & Craft. Erin is a mixed media artist who sometimes works in encaustic as well, but has given it up until her new baby arrives next week. That’s a peek at her studio above.

New shipment arrived today!

Thank goodness a new shipment arrives today!

Today (Monday) I’m stuck in the cold, dank house (see, the weather did change as we feared!) awaiting the arrival of my second order of Embracing Encaustic books. I have 1,500 pounds of books due to arrive today so we have to be ready to get them out of the rain and into the basement. it’s not a moment too soon though, as I only have just over 1 box of books left. Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm in making this book a success!

Speaking of success, we got a great review last week from Alina Bradford at Suite 101. Here’s what she had to say about it:

“The Womacks are an artistic married couple that have come together to make a very readable how-to art book. Embracing Encaustic is a beautiful, fully illustrated how-to guide with step-by-step demonstrations on encaustic painting.” Read the full review. Thanks Alina!

After being sick for so long, I finally made it the the show I’m participating in at the Portland Art Center (PAC). What a great show! PDX Panels features emerging, mid-career and established artists in a large community show to support PAC, a non-profit art center which directly supports the arts community. Featuring 300 panels by 300 artists, each selling for $300, this was designed as a holiday fundraiser with 75% of proceeds going to support PAC. This exhibit creates the environment to support PAC, and to showcase the breadth of talent we have here in our city. I’m honored to be a part of this show! There’s a nice review on Ultra PDX here. Read the rest of this entry »

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! 🙂

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