Yes, this is a photo of me in Venice. What a wonderfully exciting place to visit.
So excited to announce that I will be returning to Italy, May 2018. Venice and Florence for three weeks. Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance, art everywhere. Uffizi Gallery, 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.
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.
OPEN STUDIO - STUDIO 216,
Encaustic, an ancient art form made from beeswax, damar and pigment creates a medium and an experience unlike any other art form. Always worked with in a molten state and fused with heat from a heat gun, torch or iron. The alchemy of working with this medium creates a constant learning process and an never ending opportunity to discover new techniques with new materials. Unlike most other mediums, encaustic art is limited only by ones imagination.
Encaustic medium creates layers, depth and is ideal for embedding objects and other materials. It is unfortunate that the photos of these pieces does not fully represent the depth of the clear layers over and between the layers of colour and materials, images under the layers and shades and shadows of the textures. Encaustic can be smooth as glass or 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.
Discovery 12 x 24
Inner Space 8 x 8 these are the two that I started with,
now a series of nine in a variety of colours.
(experiment that turned into a series)
24 x 36
Those Old Eyes 8 x 8 (panpastels and texture)
Encaustic medium is also a wonderful medium for transferring photos. Objects or pigmented medium or other mediums can be layered to accentuate aspects of the photo to create interest. This is an amazing way to preserve your memories in an archival way and ad 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 discovered a new technique that I will very soon have pieces to post to this page. This is an aspect of encaustic I find keeps me involved, there is always something to learn and discover.