Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Encaustic Painting - the last week (for now)

Lisa - What is Back There?

Lisa - Encapsulated Plaid

Elizabeth - Silver/Plexi Breakout

Elizabeth - Clouds and Trees

Firing up the Creme Brulee

Veggie Salad, thanks to Lisa:

1/3 c chopped cilantro
1/3 c olive oil
1tsp cumin
2 T balsamic
2 c northern beans (drained rinsed)
1 can black beans (drained rinsed)
3 stalks celery- chopped
1 red bell pepper chopped
1 can corn
1/2 c red onion
salt and pepper to taste

would be good: avocado, grape tomatoes, etc.

And finally -

Here's a potential itinerary for the 29th:
- meet at my house
- studio
- lunch at Cafe Japon
- WSG Gallery
- the Online Paper Store
- Hollander's (if time)
Anything else?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Encaustic Painting - week 9

Here are your images. Next week's events and "tips" are at the bottom.

Barbara - Texture 1

Krissy - School Days

Elizabeth - Pudding Stone, close up

Lisa - Easy Maze

Lisa - Inverse

We'll continue with what we've been doing. I'll demonstrate attaching the cleat to the plexiglas, adhering silver leaf with gold size to clear plexiglas.

It's party time. Everyone ready for a group photo?

Life and art tips -
From Maya Lin -
Don't not do something because of laziness.

From Candace Pappas (Chelsea, Michigan painter) -
If you're trying to decide if your artwork is finished or not, do this thought experiment. Image your piece alone on a white museum wall. You're walking down the hall, you turn the corner and see your artwork. Are you pleased?

The music from last week was Guy Clark from Keepers

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Encaustic Painting - week 8

Last week's work. See you Wednesday.

Lisa - The Jungle

Lisa - Topography

Lisa - Tropics

Elizabeth - Clouds

Elizabeth - Dots

Krissy - Palimpsest

Krissy - Lake Huron

Krissy - Dusky Thoughts

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Encaustic Painting - week 7

Hi. I'm going to show you how to do wax monoprints this week. Please bring 20 or more sheets of paper. You may experiment with various papers or bring a notebook with all the same type of paper. I'll bring some mylar for you to try also.

Also, if you have (don't buy) oil sticks, pastels, grease pencils, anything like that you may want to bring that also.

Krissy - Mossy Well

Elizabeth - Back Hip Pocket

Krissy - Blue Tips

Elizabeth - Day 1

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Encaustic Painting - week 6

Hi everyone. Here are your images. The things to bring for this week are below the pictures.

Elizabeth - Vortex 2

Elizabeth - Alessa's Early Work

Krissy - Mossy Wall

Here are the demos I'm going to do:
- painting on plexiglas (I'll bring 12x12 pieces of plexi you can buy from me if you want. If you want cleats I'll have to order those.) I'll demo how to attach the cleats.
- attaching aluminum leaf (I'll bring some leaf you may use)
- poured wax (repeat demo)
- collage (repeat demo) Bring items you may want to collage - anything really.

See you Wednesday.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Encaustic Painting - week 5

Elizabeth - Vortex 1
Good morning everyone. I'm going to demonstrate stencils and ironing on wax. You don't need to bring anything special for that. I'll ask on Wednesday who needs what for repeat demonstrations and we'll sort them out for the next weeks.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Encaustic Painting - week 4

Hi everyone, I hope you're enjoying this beautiful weekend.
The information about this week's class is below our images.

Krissy - Nevada

Elizabeth - Stratosphere

Elizabeth and anyone else who is interested, I checked Stadium Hardware for Propane torches. They have one with a hose - a Bernzomatic Hose Torch for $43.99. It has a 4' hose. I think it is the same one I use or else similar. If anyone wants to call Stadium Hardware (734-663-8704) and buy it with your credit card, I'll be glad to pick it up and bring it to class for you. Please tell the Stadium Hardware person that I will be picking it up for you.

I'm not going to bring the white gesso unless someone asks me to.

What I'll be demonstrating this week:

2 ways of painting with wax on panels with images adhered to them
making shapes and lines with stencils
adhering an image to a panel - for Lisa and whomever wants to see it again
collage - for Lisa and whomever wants to see it again

What you may want to bring this week:

images or drawings to adhere to panels
the usual mass of encaustic bits

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Encaustic Painting - week 3

Lynda - Black Ink

Hi everyone. Here is the short list of what you need to bring tomorrow night:

- materials for collage - these can be anything, photos, beads, feathers, found objects
- if you bring 2 images to go on the panels you painted, I'll bring the glue. That is the next step. If you don't have the images yet, don't worry. I'll demonstrate and you can sort out what I'm asking for next week.
- the usual encaustic bits - encaustic, pigments, brushes, tins, heat surface, torch, wood (or other substrate) to work on

Barbara, if you have your wood (enough 1x2 to go around both panels), bring your panels and saw and we'll cut the 1x2 and glue it to the panels. You'll need wood glue also. I use Titebond, I think. I'll bring a strap clamp. If you have one bring it and you'll have time to put both panels together. We can sort this out next week if you'd rather.

Krissy, drywall?

Elizabeth, I'll have your panels. I'll bring the white acrylic. You may paint the panels in class.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

painting with wax - 2

Hi everyone. We may all communicate on this blog or you can email me personally. I'll be able to add pictures of your work after next week's class.

About the panels, who wants how many and what size? You need to tell me so I can order them from Alix and she can get them to me before next Wednesday. You will need 2 panels to mount prints or drawings on. One of them has to be a size that will fit on/in your hot palette or electric device. These will be whatever size you designate and $11 each. They are in addition to the 4 - 10 pieces of wood to experiment on (see below).

If you don't want to buy the panels from Alix then please bring 2 pieces of wood to use for this exercise. Quarter inch birch plywood is fine. You will be able to do the first step during class. Elizabeth and Barbara, I'll catch you up the following week.

What you need for next week:
- electric skillet or hot palette
- brushes
- encaustic medium
- pigments, encaustic sticks or oil paints
- propane torch
- tins for colors
- wood to paint on - I recommend pieces 12"x12" and smaller. You can reuse them so maybe four would be enough unless you end up wanting to keep them, then 10 or so would be a good number for the semester. Quarter inch birch plywood works well but any clean wood will do. Or dry wall Krissy. That will be an experiment but I suspect it will work.

Next week I'll demonstrate some line and mark making techniques. Also, I'll suggest some exercises for you to work with if you want guidance. And I will bring the panels you order from Alix. You'll do the first step in the process with the panels during class.

Don't worry if these things on the Sources list don't all make sense yet. I'll add to this list as we go along.

PVA (polyvinyl acetate) - I got it from Hollanders but it is in the catalog of Dick Blick, Utrechts, probably many others

anything having to do with plexiglas - Plastic Tech in Ann Arbor: 734.665.3580

beeswax - www.dadant.com

The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax by Joanne Mattera
Encaustic Workshop: Artistic Techniques for Working with Wax by Patricia Seggebruch

R & F Encaustic - for everything encaustic and lots of information: www.rfpaints.com

Enkaustikos: art supplies including encaustic: www.fineartstore.com

The Scrapbox in Ann Arbor for bits and pieces to use in mixed media

Blogs, websites, pages:

R&F has your names so you can mention this class and receive your discount.

Here is the link to the slide show on my website with a few more images that didn't show up on Wednesday.

That's all I can think of for now. If I've forgotten something please email me or post it here.