I was up in a town called Minneola, just northwest of Orlando. It was a small event and I was doing a demo on my HOTBOX. I had made small monotypes, about 4×4 on rice paper. I framed a few, and since it was Valentine’s Day I thought that I would just give out a free one to whomever stopped by my booth. A women asked if the framed art was for sell, and of course I said yes.
Here is my little table display at the fair.
I am still decompressing from the Third National Encaustic Conference. After the conference I took a workshop with Miles Conrad. It was titled encaustic in 3D. Sculpture has never been my thing, but this class was amazing. Too bad I didn’t have an extra piece of luggage to bring all my mini-sculpture pieces home (and the airlines would not allow me to carry them on) so I had to leave my little creations behind. So all have have are my photo’s to show what I did. Miles set up the workshop so that everyone had all the materials for each project in small bags and each numbered so that we all started with the same “stuff” but each piece was unique to each artist. I will incorporate many of the sculpture techniques that he showed us. Her are a few photos of my wax sculptures
When I walked into the vendor room at Monserrat College, there was a table with small irons that I have seen from the UK. Every demo that I have seen on the internet show this little iron, making landscape and floral paintings. Since my work is abstract I never thought of any use for this tiny iron. When I experiment at home, I have used a small travel iron, but have found that I can’t do anything but make a mess. So when Iwalked into my class this morning and saw that the iron demo was with this little aqua handled iron that I had already put on my list as do not bother with, I was in for a big surprised.
Teaching the class is Andrea Bird from Canada, and the AMAZING things that she showed us that you could do with this iron was beyond amazing. Of course I could not wait for the demo to be over, just so I could run back over to her booth to purchase my iron. Here is the link to her site http://www.waxworkencaustics.com for info on her and her iron. She also had encaustic medium that her son produces and it had the best label I have seen.
Andrea demonstrated how to make drips flat- I know that sounds odd, but flat drips just look great.
My flight arrived 30 minutes early into Logan Airport. I was surprised at how chilly it is up here in New England. Living in South Florida for 15 years has thinned my blood. So I have arrived at the Third National Encaustic Art Conference at Monserrat College of Art located in Beverly, MA.
Since Friday is an open Demostration day, I decided to stop by and say hello to Paula Roland. I have taken 2 workshops with Paula and I encourage everyone to go. You can find the link on this site. Paula also won honorable mention in the show that the college curated.(2 of her 3 paintings are shown in this post)
Here is a photo of Paula demonstrating monotype on her “HOT BOX”. The other photo is of her artwork that is hanging at the 301 Cabot Street gallery
I just finalized my travel plans to attend the National Encaustic Conference in Monserrat. I can’t wait. I have not done any work in the studio since last November. Since I have a full-time non-art career that has been taking up ALL of my time. So I hope that this trip will get me back into the studio.
A few weeks ago I attended the Broward County Red Cross Designer Showcase. When I got to the beautiful houses on Las Olas, I was told that the art was all “eco-friendly”. What I discovered was the paint used through out all the homes was a new low-odor, evironmentally friendly housepaint. But I was also told that all the art/painting on the walls are “green”. I think the host was confused as to paint on the walls being this new enviromentally safe product, to what he thought was paintings of seashells and palm trees. But it did get me thinking. All the art in the houses had a nature them, beaches, sand, seashells, ocean views, florals etc. But all the art was made from oil or acrylic paint. All of which use chemicals, mineral spirits, turpentine, mediums, and what is not used is tossed in the garbage or washed down the sink. This is probably why I work in encaustics. The stuff is beeswax and it never goes to waste. Almost everything that I use is recycled. I paint on wood, there is no washing of brushes, the beeswax has no chemicals in it, the damar is from trees, I don’t waste any paint. Once I mix a color, I can just remelt it and it never goes to waste. Wax, to me is the true “eco-friendly” product. The only thing that I really use is electricity, which is generated by some plant that adds to the carbon output. But I can’t eliminate everything. To me the real “green” art is not the subject matter, it is the media.