Sunday, March 17, 2013

Working with Encaustic Wax

Yesterday I got to play with one of my favorite mediums. This is actually my third workshop in Encaustic Painting. I have taken each class from a different artist. My first workshop was with Eve Marie. This sparked my interest in working with the medium and I really enjoyed it. Then at Art Fest I signed up for Stephanie Rubiano's class for a completely different encaustic experience. Yesterday's was at the studio of Karen Bubb who also took a class from Eve Marie and has put her own special twist on it.

First we started with a Native American Sage Cleansing.
This way we could all start fresh and get rid of any negativity holding us back.
For inspiration, Karen had four big bins of papers we could go through, as well as many books, and the offer of reading our Tarot. I picked the "World Card" Here is the Wikipedia interpretation.
"The World represents an ending to a cycle of life, a pause in life before the next big cycle beginning with the fool. The figure is at once male and female, above and below, suspended between the heavens and the earth. It is completeness. It is also said to represent cosmic consciousness; the potential of perfect union with the One Power of the universe. It tells us full happiness is also to give back to the world, sharing what we have learned or gained."
I am in a new beginning in a way, re-evaluating everything I have been doing for the past 5 years, seeing what works and doesn't as related to my art career and getting started teaching adults what I do. 

The following are the pieces I made. All are encaustic using a variety of techniques, most are on wood. 

A few shots of the work space and class. 

A display of Karen's new work inspired by her recent trip to Cuba.

 Great day, a lot to think about, especially with my Tarot reading! Thanks Karen!


peggy gatto said...

Lovely work!!!

Wade Quick said...

Do you follow the art posts on G+ of Abigail Markov? She uses EW for her paintings and a welders torch. Some wild and crazy art being made out there.