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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

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Last week I had the pleasure of working with a wonderful people and pet photographer, Pauline Zonneveld, who booked time with me for a private consulting session to bring her vision of pairing encaustic and photography to life. She did her homework and  brought a variety of images she liked cut out from magazines. This gave us a good basis to start with and from there I helped Pauline decide on a process and we talked about how to start developing her own distinctive style.

I took Pauline through a couple of different ways to get a look similar to what she liked. She decided that image transfers would be the best route for her based on the equipment she already has, so we got to work.

Here’s what she came up with. This photo was taken right after Pauline did a great little dance saying “Yes, that’s exactly what I wanted!” Well done Pauline!

My August sessions are already booked but if you’d like to work with me in September or later check my website for ideas of what you might want to cover and how to register. This is ideal for artists who can’t make it to my regular workshops or those visiting the area who need to work within a specific schedule.

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BTW, Pauline is the photographer who took these amazing images of my 12 year old lab Sadie for her inspiring Good Old Dog Project.

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pub_lw-casualIt’s been way too long since I sent out an update on what’s happening with my art and my life but honestly I wasn’t really sure what to say. Those of you who follow me on Facebook may know that the past several months have held a lot of challenges for me including major changes to just about every part of my personal and professional life.

I’ve moved my home and studio, I’m single again after 20 years (yikes!) and am taking back my given name of Linda Robertson. I’ll use Linda Robertson Womack for a while so you’ll see that transition happen gradually, but I’ve already activated the web address for lindarobertsonarts.com. Baby steps, right?

All of these changes have dramatically slowed the many projects I was working on last year and I’m just starting to get everything back on track now, but I thought you’d want an update even if it’s not all worked out yet. Read on for what to expect in the coming months.

I also want to thank so many of you who have sent me words of encouragement over the last few months. I’ve read every message and responded to as many as I could but I know I missed some of you and for that I apologize. Your words have helped me more than you know and I truly am grateful for your good thoughts.

So, What’s Happening With…?

I’ve been hearing this question a lot lately on several subjects. Here’s the scoop:

New, New Studio Location

Wait, didn’t you just move your studio last summer? Why yes, yes I did. Then I bought a new house in completely the wrong direction from the new studio. The good news is that now I have a great studio space at home less than 5 miles from my long time Stark Street studio so it should still be convenient for everyone. Here’s a photo of what it look like now. I’ll be working hard this week putting on a few finishing touches.

Live Workshops

Speaking of classes, I just posted my full summer schedule which includes two Wax Week classes in Portland. I’ll offer a 5-day class exploring Encaustic & Photography in June and another 5-day class on Mixed Media in July. Seats will be very limited so if you’d like to join in don’t wait!

Embracing Encaustic eBook

Ah yes, the eBook. This project really got hit hard and has been long delayed. I’ve been in contact with the amazing artists who will be featured in the eBook and they have been extremely supportive of my new circumstances. I won’t try to give you a publishing date just yet but I will say this will be the top priority for me once my studio is settled so it’s coming soon, I promise! Thanks to all of you who are so excited to see the new version. I’m pretty excited to see it myself.

Online Classes

It’s making me crazy that I had just finished filming the new surface design class when everything went south. It turned out really well and I can’t wait to share it with you. I still need to get it edited and write all the class notes which will take some time, but I’ll get it online as soon as I can.

In the meantime those of you who have already bought online classes can rest easy, your classes won’t expire anytime soon so please enjoy them while I work out the process of how these will work going forward. That goes for everyone right now, so if you’re thinking about joining our online community now is the time to get extra time in the classes — each just $49! (And yes, I know the name will have to change, but I haven’t figured that part out yet. I’m open to suggestions!)

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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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.

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!

Last Christmas we posted video greetings as soon as three snowflakes fell. This year we are totally snowed in with the most snow Portland has seen in 40 years! So far we’ve gotten at least 14 inches of snow over 3 days, with 5 – 8 more expected before Christmas.

Yes, the snow is up to my knees! Doesn't it look like I lost my dog in the snow?

Yes, the snow is up to my knees! Doesn't it look like I lost my dog in the snow?

Depending on who you ask, people are referring to this storm as the Snowpocolypse or Stormzilla, but either way it’s a big one. Take a look…

This has been a very full month for me but thankfully I’ve still found time to enjoy some terrific art events my friends are participating in here in Portland. Take a look at what’s happening and try to get out to see these shows if you can.

Lorna Nakell


Lorna Nakell

Beppu Wiarda Gallery
319 NW 9th Ave., Portland, OR

Lorna studied at the Otis/Parson Art Institute in L.A. California and received her B.F.A. from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Washington. “My paintings are informed primarily by Abstract Expressionism. They occasionally touch on narrative through the use of subtle figurative imagery including houses, hands and lanterns. Imagery is hand-cut from paper or realistically painted then immersed in layers of resin.” Also showing: Susan Harlan, Kathleen Caprario. See Lorna’s work online.

Eliese Wagner’s “Particle Sphere”

Elise Wagner
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
Through March 26, 2008

“Particle Maps” is Elise’s ongoing study of science in relation to art. Her encaustic paintings evoke a celestial convergence of science and philosophy, an attempt to understand and connect. Also showing: Bernd Haussmann. See Elise’s work online.

Bridget Benton

Bridget Benton
Mad50 Art Space
SE Madison & 50th, Portland

Bridget’s shadowbox “Migration” was installed at the outdoor Mad50 art space just in time for the spring equinox. Designed specifically for this community art space at the corner of SE Madison and 50th, the piece is an exploration of home – what it means and how we find our way there. You can see more of Bridget’s work at CubeSpace (622 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR) with an opening for the artist on March 28 from 6 – 8 pm.

To all of those who celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a merry one!

Here’s a peek into our world of snow and dogs on Christmas Day in Portland Oregon complements of my talented husband, Bill. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Local 14 - Linda’s booth

This past weekend I was part of the Local 14 Art Show, Fabulous @ Forty. No, we’re not all 40 years old, but the arts organization is and it’s going stronger than ever. In 1968 a group of friends got together and hosted an art show in one of their homes, which was so popular it sold out completely. With the success of the first show the group decided to have an annual show and call themselves Lake Oswego Crafts and Art League, or Local 14. Local for the first letters of each word, 14 for the original 14 artist members. Today the prestigious show is held at the World Forestry Center and highlights the work of 100 women artists. This year I applied for the first time and was accepted. It was my honor to be a part of this terrific show!

 

Local 14 - Steph’s booth

They always have a diverse group and great displays. The wood carvings in a grid on the right are by my friend Stephanie Brockway.

Many of you have been awaiting an update of the first official meeting of the Portland Chapter of the International Encaustic Artists. Well, I didn’t make it to the meeting myself. I had long anticipated that date where I would finally get many of the encaustic artists in town together for the first time. Sadly it was the same day I said goodbye to my furry friend, Grommett, so I was in no condition to make the meeting. Lucky for you (and me) that Judy Wise gave a great wrap up on her blog.

If you are interested in joining us here in Portland, the next PDX-IEA meeting information is posted here.

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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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