One of the fallouts from the flood that had to do with my work was having to cancel as well as turn away several opportunities to either teach or show my work. For someone who is constantly pushing my limits to make deadlines and embrace opportunities that come my way, it was difficult for me. I hate letting people down as well as myself. But I learned that there comes a time when I have to be honest with my limitations and say if I push myself on this I may just fall off the edge!
For this reason though I am so very excited to announce here that my workshop with Lesley Riley at the Red Thread Retreat is coming up this fall! I can hardly wait. It may seem that Lesley and I dreamt up the idea of me teaching in Maryland to coincide with my move here. However, we planned it even before I knew I was moving here! So crazy how things work out. Lesley and I began talking about me teaching in Maryland after the Blog Talk Radio interview she did of me about a year ago.
Falling Gently: an encaustic exploration in mixed media
The Red Thread Retreat
October 3-6, 2013
Falling...yes, instead of falling off the edge of my sanity, falling gently into the embrace of creation, of nature, of returning to self. Falling Gently.
This is a 2-day workshop where each day builds upon the next. Two days of exploring encaustic and mixed media at a mountainside retreat. Can't get any better than that!
Day One: October 4 Encaustic is an ancient method of painting with melted beeswax mixed with damar resin and pigment. Encaustic is the perfect partner for a wide variety of mixed media techniques. On this first day, I will cover the basics of painting in this ancient medium of beeswax and pigment on boards. My work in encaustic often draws upon my use of photos of the natural world. In this class we will learn how to use personal photographs and imagery with wax, through embedding and transfers. I will also be covering safety and studio set-up. This day will give you the foundation in order to feel comfortable in further exploring the possibilities of painting in wax.
Good Intentions encaustic, copper, thread, paper, fabric, photocopy transfer, india ink, oil sticks
Between Here and There, encaustic, embedded photo, paper, oil paint
As you can see from these examples of my work, I use a variety of media with my encaustic paintings. On this first day I will share with you the hows and whys. I don't hold back! You can ask anyone who has taken one of my workshops, I share all my secrets and the discoveries I have made in my studio practice through the years.
Day Two:October 5 With the basics of painting in encaustic under our belts, we will then explore the use of encaustic in book art form, using plaster as our pages. I will show you how to prepare the plaster pages, and then how to bring in encaustic to create earthy and tactile books. We will use sticks and leaves and other natural things that we find in the woods around us and incorporate them into our books. With the wax we will paint, we will dip, we will embed, we will carve…the possibilities are up to the artist and I will guide you through various explorations of encaustic and mixed media.
I first taught using plaster to make encaustic book art back in April when I went to Whidbey Island and oh man, it was so fun to see the work that people produced in the class. If you want to see some of the books that people made in the class, please visit my flickr page and the set called workshops. So this second day will be dedicated to make plaster pages and constructing books with them and then adding encaustic. Here is another book I made using plaster and encaustic:
Love Notes to Winter, encaustic, plaster, thread, cloth, lace, photos
So, if this intrigues you, please join us! The retreat takes place in western Maryland, which is really beautiful and not too far from Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania, and of course Maryland. I hope you'll join us. Contact Lesley Riley or myself if you have any questions and be sure to reserve your spot.
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~Buddhist Saying