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AnnaI’ve just added a new page to my blog that will have the images from recent workshops. Look for the “View Workshop Photos” link above, or click here to see it. The most recent images are from the Encaustic Intensive Workshop yesterday. We had a great time! Take a peek…

In just the last few weeks I’ve had three different artists contact me to discuss naturally dyed beeswax and non-toxic pigments. Honestly I don’t have any experience with these materials, but I’m very interested! After a little research we came up with several resources that might be of interest. I’ll list the below for you to check out.

Artemis Plant Dyed BeeswaxIf you have tried using any of these in encaustic paintings or know of other resources please leave a comment here so we can start a discussion. I think this will be a popular subject, and we can certainly save some time by sharing our knowledge.

Willow Tree Toys

Artemis Plant Dyed Beeswax
These high beeswax sheets include soft tints of primary and secondary colors. Colors include green, transparent, pink, brown, yellow, carmine, orange, dark blue. These beautiful beeswax sheets have been colored by natural plant extract from buckthorn berries, madder root, indigo plant, weld leaves, lac-dye, coreopsis flowers, and catechu acacia. Imported from Denmark. This product is also available at EcoChoices.

Stockmar Crayons
Stockmar crayons are made of non-toxic and sweet smelling beeswax. Long lasting and brilliant in color, they are a favorite for parents, children and schools. This combination set combines the best of Stockmar crayons – 8 stick crayons and 8 coloring blocks contained in a sturdy tin. Stockmar wax crayons meet the highest artistic standards. Through the addition of pure beeswax as a binding agent, the light-resistant pigments display their purity and full brilliance. Because they are mixed with wax, the colors are able to be used in a wide range of interesting coloring techniques – more than any other coloring material. The natural transparency of the wax and the lack of additives result in a high degree of opacity like that of watercolors. Set include one stick crayon and one block crayon in each of the following colors: 01 carmine red, 03 orange, 05 lemon yellow, 07 green, 09 blue, 11 blue violet, 13 red brown, 15 black.

Earth Pigments

Non-toxic Pigments
All of our pigments are environmentally safe, non-toxic and easy to use. Compatible with all mediums, these colors are permanent providing a strong depth of color. All of our pigments are ground to 50 microns for ease of mixing. They contain no chromium, cadmium, mercury, tin, arsenic, radium, lead or other hazardous materials.

What have been your experiences with these products? Please share your knowledge here.

Wow, what a wonderful class we had to day! Five lovely women, all fearless and ready to wax. OK, there was a little fear initially of working with the propane torch, but everyone left confident and with really beautiful work. Take a look…

My Studio

Here’s my studio, with everyone (wo)manning their work stations

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Some of you have already heard me talking about a big encaustic show coming to Oregon this April. Well, it will also be seen in Massachusetts, Arizona and Maine with possibly more stops to come. Here’s the scoop.

Hot Stuff show openingA brainstorming session at the 2007 National Encaustic Conference resulted in an exciting collaborative project between New England Wax (NEW) and International Encaustic Artists (IEA) of which I am a member. As a result, I’m participating the The Diptych Project: A Collaboration in Wax, which will match 36 artists from each group into pairs who work together on encaustic paintings.

The objective is to make two collaborative diptychs from each pair of artists (one artist from NEW and one artist from IEA). A diptych is a finished work of art made up of 2 panels. The completed diptychs will be exhibited this April in Portland, ME and Portland, OR. The east coast exhibit will be held at Whitney Art Works in Portland, Maine, while the west coast works will be shown at Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland, Oregon. Each artist’s work will also be exhibited as a part of this year’s 2008 National Encaustic Conference in Massachusetts this June. (To see posts about the 2007 conference go here.)

Diptych Project, Linda’s panel for Maine
Linda Womack, Untitled (Diptych panel 1), 2008
24″ x 19″, Encaustic, leaf, image transfer, photograph on tissue

Last night I finished my first panel (above)
and will ship it, along with a blank panel the same size to Sara, my art partner in Maine. I’m including some of the copper leaves and notes on the colors of paint I used so she will have a way to tie her panel in with mine through color or imagery. Sara will respond to my painting with one of her own on the blank panel and that work will be shown on east coast. Then we’ll do the reverse and that pairing will be shown here in Portland, Oregon. Other stops around the country are being arranged. I’ll post more images and information as it becomes available.

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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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