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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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Treat yourself to some fun before the end of the year in one of my live classes:

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Surface Design with Stencils

Making Encaustic Medium & Paint
Tuesday, Oct. 21. All levels welcome.

Special Effects with Dry Pigments (New!)
Saturday, Oct. 25. Intermediate level class.

Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Saturday, Nov. 1 or Dec. 6. All levels welcome.

Surface Design with Stencils
Saturday, Nov. 8, Intermediate level class.

Encaustic Monotypes & Paper Lanterns (New!)
Saturday, Nov. 15. All levels welcome.

Capture Memories with Encaustic Collage
Saturday, Jan. 10, All levels welcome.

View class photos, descriptions and register at the link below. For most classes all supplies are included and no experience is necessary. These classes will be held in my private studio in  Portland, Oregon.

>> View my complete class schedule here, including online classes for those of you not in Portland

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.

Sadie   Sadie close up

When you mix colors do you tend to make nothing but mud? There’s a class for that! (and a quick tip below…)

On June 19 from 6 – 9 pm I’m hosting guest instructor and color expert Kimberly Kent in my Portland, Oregon studio to help you expand your painting palette while you develop your color sensibility.

Learn to mix, glaze and see color better. The exercises and techniques in this class will give you new tools for understanding how to mix just the color you need. You’ll work in encaustic paint in this class, but these concepts can be applied to color mixing in any medium. Find out more about my classes or register here.

How to Avoid Making Mud

Here’s a great example of the tips you’ll learn in this class: To avoid making mud, mix two primaries first. Once you get as close as you can to your desired color add the third primary. For example, mix yellow and blue to make green, then a touch of red to get the green you want. Just a few tips like this will have you mixing colors like a pro!

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Linda Womack offers encaustic workshops in her Portland, Oregon studio as well as online encaustic classes 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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I recently received this wonderful note from a regular student in my online classes. Congratulations Jane!

“One of my encaustic collage pieces was just juried into a show at Artworks here in Richmond, so I wanted to let you know and thank you for the great online workshops……I used everything, including The Great Undo!* The skeletal leaf was brought into the house on the back of one of my dogs, so you just never know where you’ll get a collage element!”

Work by Jane Porter, a student in my online encaustic collage class

* The Great Undo is one of the lessons in my Encaustic Collage class which shows you how to quickly and easily remove parts of your encaustic painting that you don’t like. As you might imagine, it’s a VERY popular lesson.

Everything is so orderly before we get started, then creativity causes beautiful chaos.

“So that happened.”  That’s one of my favorite quotes from a great little movie called State and Main (yes, they use the line in the trailer) and seems to sum up my recent teaching experiences in California and Tennessee. I hadn’t planned to teach two weeks of classes in different states back to back, but that’s how it worked out and I have to admit some of it is a blur as I look back. What is crystal clear are my memories of the talented and incredibly creative students I worked with and the beautiful work they made.

I’ll start with Idyllwild Arts in California since that’s where my journey began. If you haven’t been there it’s well worth the trip to spend some time in such an amazing setting surrounded by caring teachers and staff. It’s a stunning area with a winding drive from hot and dusty Palm Springs up to the 5,000 foot mark at Idyllwild, where the weather is much more hospitable. I made the mistake of arriving after dark so I missed the drive up but that made for a nice surprise on the way out. Below are some photos from my travels. Enjoy!

We had an excellent studio for the class, and everyone got right to work.

We had an interesting collaboration, where Vicky started this piece (left) and Rosemary finished it (right). This is a great exercise if you get stuck.

Many students brought materials to donate to the collage table so we had lots of fun images to choose from.

It was warm enough to set up a prep station outside for those who wanted to try textured gesso.

Anne tried an image transfer that didn't work out, but it ended up looking like a bird silhouette so she took the work in a great new direction!

When I have friends nearby I often invite them to visit so students can see more original encaustic work than I can fly with. Amber George was kind enough to stop by to talk about her work. To see more of her work click this photo to visit her web site or go to http://www.ambergeorge.com.

Everyone hard at work on the last day of class.

Sharon had been working in a very distinctive style in other media for years and was able to apply her design background very nicely to her work in wax.

At the end of each week long course there's a show of everyone's work. Here's Roger discussing his latest work.

Here's our class photo. Thanks to all of you for a wonderful time and many creative memories. I hope to see you again soon!

I’ll be teaching outside of Oregon so much this summer that I have time to invite a couple of guest artists to teach in my studio. The first I’ll introduce you to is my friend Kimberly Kent, who has been working in encaustic for many years and is an expert with color. If you’ve taken one of my classes you probably heard my joke that Kimberly could mix plaid! OK, I didn’t say it was a good joke, but it’s true.

Kimberly and I also have a connection with my roots in Hawaii, so we often share music, food and drink (!) of the islands. She began painting in 1983 in Kona, studying, teaching and selling her work in a local studio/gallery.  The journey of art making has taken her through many media and more than 12 countries. She paints in oil, mixed media and encaustic and is currently breaking new ground painting encaustic en plein air. More on that below…

Expanding Your Encaustic Color Palette
Next Date TBD. Check the web site for details (below)

Creating a color wheel in encaustic

In this excellent companion to my Making Your Own Paint class, Kimberly will help you expand your encaustic palette while you develop your color sensibility. Learn to mix, glaze and see color better. The exercises and techniques in this class will give you new tools for understanding how to mix just the color you need. Each student will mix a full range of colors from basic colors and leave class with a traditional color wheel and charts to use for future reference. The class will be taught in encaustic, with a set of basic mixing colors. All supplies and tools will be provided.

Encaustic Landscapes en Plein Air
Thursday, May 13, 5 pm – 9 pm, $95

Painting outside en plein air

The term en plein air comes from the French, “in the open air” and that’s just how you’ll paint in this class using a camping stove to heat your paint and a torch for fusing. The technique refers to landscape painting completed on site, in a natural setting. With the right tools and techniques you can paint in encaustic in the field. A plein air painting concentrates details on colors and the play of light and shadow. You’ll begin with large shapes and blocks of color tones while keeping in mind the lights and shadows. Most plein air artists start in this way and quickly lay out the entire painting. At first it may look like an abstract work, but  slowly you’ll add detail to your painting until you have captured the essence of the scene before you. Treat yourself to this new way of seeing your world.

Values & Veiling
Next Date TBD. Check the web site for details (below)

Learn to see colors as values for a richer palette

This class is designed as the next step in expanding your use of color in encaustic. Kimberly will have you start  with some basic exercises to help you see your colors as values, exploring the use of shadows, darkness, contrasts and light. Using simple compositions you will put this knowledge to work. She will borrow techniques from other art forms and adapt them to work with encaustic. Composition, value,  and color theory techniques will help you bring your work to the next level.

Veiling with layers of translucent color can produce amazing results. You will play with veiling and layering to create depth, distance and interest in our paintings. All supplies and tools will be provided.

I hope to see some of you in these new classes! as always, you can see my full schedule of classes within Oregon and around the US and Canada this summer on the Embracing Encaustic web site.

Join me at 23 Sandy Gallery on February 7, 2009 for Working in Wax. This lecture will be a rich visual introduction to the history, tools and techniques of encaustic painting, along with an overview of contemporary artists working in this ancient medium. I’ll share images of several of my paintings as they were being created, showing some of the steps involved in building up the layers of wax and other media.

There will also be a screening of Sister Bee, a lyrical and beautiful documentary about six women beekeepers who encounter startling beauty and spiritual truth in their work with honeybees (Running time 30 minutes). Tickets are $10 and are available in my studio or by mail. Limited to 25 people.

As the temperature hit an unheard of 102 degrees in Portland last week I had a decision to make. I was facing a three day workshop that had been sold out for months in a studio where at least 3 griddles and various tools would be contributing 200 degrees or more for each of the six hours a day we’d be in there. I snapped. It was time to buy an air conditioner!

Of course when you wait that long you don’t have the benefit of a sale, no matter what the sign out front says. My helpful hubby and I motored on down, bit the bullet and bagged us an air conditioner. Of course then we had to install it in that heat, hoping it wouldn’t trip the breakers in my studio. Apparently my math was good this time and since we were able to find a unit that only takes 7 amps it turned out OK. Better than OK, really, because look at what my VERY happy students were able to produce in 3 comfortable days in the studio:

This was a very unusual 3 day class offered because I had three out of town visitors who wanted to attend my full range of classes — from beginner to intermediate to advanced — all in a short visit. There were 3 classes covered: Beginning Encaustic Intensive, Beyond Basics (my intermediate class) and Advanced Encaustic Techniques. I welcomed Thea and Sylvie from Canada (in black aprons) and Suzanne from Sacramento. Also pictured is Brenda (sitting) who lives in town and has taken many classes from me.

Everyone created so much work over the three days that we eventually moved to additional tables outside to make a ‘safe zone” for finished work. Even that area was eventually taken over when we decided to spread out and use oil sticks and oil paints outside as the temperature finally cooled to an agreeable 76 degrees on Monday. Everyone left exhausted but happy and I took a very long nap. What fun!

Thank goodness I had an Encaustic Painting Intensive workshop today because it meant that I needed to get completely unpacked from my trip to the folk school in North Carolina. I had been working on it all week but there’s nothing like a hard deadline to get things done!

Jamie’s scratch board tree

We had a great class today, with students from Portland, Alaska and New Mexico. I was having so much fun that I forgot to take many photos, so I apologize for the many beautiful works of art I missed. Here are just a few of the pieces created today. And yes, men DO take my class form time to time. 🙂

Matt’s mountain and Vicki’s stencil

Robin’s first piece!

Peggy working on some under painting

I’m wrapping up my week at the John C.Campbell Folk School today with one last class then a student exhibit of the work all classes have accomplished this week. Honestly I’m exhausted and so are my students. (Don’t worry Constance; I won’t publish your infamous nap unless you publish those videos on You Tube!)

There are so many images to publish I don’t know where to start. I think I’ll just put some of the most interesting ones online and let them speak for themselves. Enjoy!

Ashley’s birds

Ashley’s birds with a tree trunk made of glass beads covered in wax

Bonnie

Bonnie’s encaustic scratch board

Brenda

Brenda’s ceramic bowl finished with wax

Linda Brenda

A couple of students were trying their skills at copying art work from a catalog with beautiful results. Linda’s work is first then Brenda’s.

Constance

Constance made it to some larger pieces on the last day

Peggy Phyllis Jenny

Peggy collaging in a photograph printed to linen with nothing but wax, Phyllis’ abstract work using irons and texture, and Jenny’s color blocks

That’s it for now, I have to get to class. More soon!

A North Carolina treasure for more than 80 years, the John C. Folk School offers workshops in art, craft, dance, music, cooking, storytelling and writing. I’m teaching a week long workshop here this week called Incredible Encaustics, which combines beginning and advanced classes for a complete introduction to encaustic painting. This will be my first time teaching at the folk school and I am honored to have been invited.

Mix medium

I’ve been preparing for the trip all week, making encuastic medium for my students and trying to figure out how to get all of my equipment across the country in two bags that weigh no more than 50 lbs. each. This was not easy, but I made it! And the TSA didn’t even remove anything from my bags. Imagine finding damar resin crystals and bars of wax in someone’s luggage without knowing what they were…I put copies of my book in each bag just in case.

Tonight I met my new friends for the week and I showed a quick slide show to give them an overview of the general technique and the amazing variety of looks you can get using wax. Everyone seems very excited! I’ll try to post a couple of times this week if I am able, otherwise you’ll get a nice long post when I return.

Tina’s transfer

Yesterday I had two classes in a row, both doing Wax Image Transfers. I had initially scheduled only one class, but so many people wanted to try it I eventually added another. Needless to say the enthusiasm was pretty high going into the class, and everyone left with something they loved.

Diane’s transferThat’s not to say there weren’t some frustrating moments. Transfers require some patience and they don’t always work on the first try, which is why I encourage students to bring multiples of all of their images. I have a sad little copy machine available for emergencies but it’s needed more and more encouragement as the days go by just to make one little copy. We’ll see how long it lasts!

In any case, everyone left class with at least one success and lots of new knowledge on how to chose an image that will transfer easily. That’s part of what I love about teaching classes in small groups instead of on-on-one, you often learn as much from the challenges your fellow artists face as you do from your own difficulties.

Take a look at the amazing variety of work that came out of the two classes:

Cinnamon & Diane transfer

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Michelle mixing her paint

I debuted my new class tonight, Mixing Your Own Encaustic Paint, and everyone went home energized and ready to make more! First we mixed up a big batch of encaustic medium (beeswax + damar resin) then used that mixture to make paint using each students choice of pigment and colors. Powdered pigments were popular, as were Lyra encaustic crayons.

Mixing Encaustic Medium

Here I am demonstrating how to mix encaustic medium using beeswax and resin. We later used what was made here to mix our paint.

Mixing Encaustic Paint

Ruth and Cinnamon remove their new paint from the griddle to cool. Everyone takes home 4 pots of paint.

Mix encaustic paint on griddleWe also discussed the unique properties of pre-mixed paint brands including R&F Handmade Paints, Evans Encaustics, Enkaustikos and Wagner Encaustics. Before the night was over everyone got a chance to try mixing paint directly on the palette, and learned how to clean up waxy brushes. After learning to mix the medium and paint themselves, each student wet home with 3 colors of paint and a pot of clear medium. If you want to try it yourself join me for the next paint mixing class on April 24. Start saving your tuna and cat food cans now!

See more class images here or visit my web site for upcoming class schedules.

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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.

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