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Archive for August 2014

Birch Boards and Preparation

One of the things I am still fine-tuning is what surface I like to work on and how I work on them. Right now I am still good with the cradled birch board and since my pieces are quite colorful, I do not even treat the board. I just start on plain ole wood. I realized…

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A Little Faith and Exploration

What comes first, the ism or the artwork? Well, actually the ism. Those come in moments and not when I am creating art but more from a deeper emotional response to a situation. Art comes from that space too, but in a different way. I like to think of an ism to inspire me for…

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The Wok and Making of the Wax Medium

If there is one thing I have learned about encaustics it’s that there are too many variables for one person to say “this is how you do it”. Between tools, substrate, materials, technique, mixed media objects, studio setup and more… this kind of art was meant to be a “here’s how I do it, now go…

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Favorite Thing #2: Give the Woman a Torch

There’s just something about fire. No, I do not mean torching things.. ok, well I guess I do mean torching things. I have done glass beadwork, taken a class in glass blowing, got attached to raku firing, and I seem to have not gotten away from the fascination of art with heat. Quite frankly, my…

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Favorite Thing #1 – Melting Pot

As I work through getting up to speed on encaustic I will share my favorite things or should I say, tools! My mother, a multi-media artist (checkout smARTaleck studio) has an mind-boggling amount of art medium, tools, and for lack of a better word… thing-a-ma-jigs. Shortly after my first encaustics class (with Helen DeRamus in Marietta, GA),…

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A Long Road to Encaustic

Encaustic: Paralysis

Several years ago I began collecting my thoughts through my “isms”. It has taken me quite some time to find a medium that I just love to work in. In January 2014 I took a workshop on Encaustics and instantly fell in love with it. I have been working to build up my skills and…

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