i have spent a good part of the past few weeks really coming to know and understand encaustic as a new media. i have experimented with products, immersed myself in books and video and tried some really flammable awesome techniques. i have purchased wax paints, substrates & experimented with heat tools...to the point of buying a blow torch and setting the art on fire!! thats my favorite part (i may have pyromaniac tendencies, lol).
i am in love with the way the wax layers build and how they can encapsulate hidden treasures and stories between translucent chapters of the creative process.
some of these snapshots are of finished pieces, but most are close up portions of art in various stages of completion. in total the last few weeks play have produced 20 or so pieces of art. some i simply love...some were the vehicle that took me to the next step of my understanding of encaustic.
i am learning what i love...for example, i cant live without titanium white wax.
and ready for this shocker...believe it or not, right now, i can live without teal. i know i cant believe i said it myself. i love the process of learning.
and before you ask, yes at some point i will have an online workshop about encaustic, but i want it to be because i understand it and am ready to present it as "donna does encaustic" workshop, not simply regurgitating what i have learned from others, but rather letting it live in my creative consciousness, absorb it and let it evolve into something truly me.
i plan on doing my first small group "Encaustic Painting" STUDIO weekend this October (only 12 people) My purpose in keeping it intimate is so that i can provide ALL the products & tools allowing the students to learn more techniques and truly experiment with their creativity.
i love the sense of excitement i feel learning...its like dating (not that i remember that was a long time ago), the butterflies and the excitement of the unexpected!! it may not look that way as you scroll through these few snapshots, but these are literally the stepping stones on the path of building my creative process.