Yes, this is a photo of me in Venice. What a wonderfully exciting place to visit.
So excited to announce that I did return to Italy, May 2018. Venice and Florence for three weeks. Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance, art everywhere. Uffizi Gallery, Galleria dell'Accademia, churches and cathedrals, street art, inspirations at every turn. Venice is an enchanted city of canals and narrow passageways. And the food, another art form that includes wine.
Day trips to Burano and Murano inspired by the art of lace making and blown glass. Burano is also know for its brightly coloured buildings. Colour, yes! there will be plenty of opportunity to take great photographs.
HISTORIC & CURRENT
Encaustic, an ancient art form, three elements required to be called encaustic, beeswax, damar and heat. Understanding how to work with this molten medium creates a constant learning process and a never ending opportunity to discover new techniques with new materials. While to date I have worked exclusively with molten encaustic medium, I have recently been introduced to a cold encaustic medium(not cold wax), so I am excited to explore this wonderful new medium and all the possibilities it offers. Unlike most other mediums, encaustic art is limited only by ones imagination as it is so very versatile.
Encaustic medium creates layers, depth and is ideal for embedding objects and using a myriad other materials to establish colour and dimensionality. Unfortunate photos of these pieces do not fully represent the depth of the clear layers over and between the layers of colour and materials and the rich textures created as the medium cools and solidifies. Encaustic can be smooth as glass or very three dimensional. Encaustic is tactile and needs to be experienced. While many artist discourage touching their pieces, I encourage touching.
I am always thrilled to have guests in my studio to touch and experience what I have created and open to having others experience working with this amazing medium in a workshop day.
Art and design have always been a passion for me. My formal trained in Architectural and Interior design was the focus of my creativity. Since moving to Vancouver Island I am inspired by the beautiful vistas, mountains, forests and oceans. It was just a natural progression as my dog insisted on taking me for walks each day, we would head out to the waters edge, the lush forests and mountain trails where I would bring my camera. And so the love of picture taking began.
Upon my introduction to encaustic medium (beeswax, damar and heat) I quickly realized that this was a wonderful way to use photos and present them in a very different way. From there, researching and learning about the wonderful world or encaustic and the variety of techniques, tools and materials that can be used, I experimented and grew as an artist. I now show in various local venues both privately and through the community arts council. Sharing my experience and studio, I open my space so that others can work with this amazing medium.
Those Old Eyes 8 x 8 (panpastels and texture)
Encaustic medium is also a wonderful medium for transferring photos in a couple of ways. Found or treasured objects or pigmented medium and other mediums can be layered to accentuate aspects of the photo and to create interest. This is an amazing way to preserve your memories in an archival way and add your own unique touch. All images I use are my own photos from locations close to home and on my travels. I am excited to have always be discovering a new techniques and materials to integrate into my art pieces. This is an aspect of encaustic I find keeps me involved, there is always something to learn and discover. This is the "ALCHEMY AND ECSTASY OF ENCUASTICS".