Sunday, November 7, 2010

prep work day

A week from Tuesday I will be doing an art demonstration with encaustic (wax) paints and although I have done many watercolor demonstrations in the past, I have never done an encaustic demo. I was hired by the local art association and I know some of the membership, but I always like to do as much prep work ahead of time so the demo will run smoothly. Today I decided to prepare several wood boards and because I plan on doing an encaustic image transfer, I thought it would be good practice to work out which image, what size, and assorted other details.

This photo of a country road in New Iberia, Louisiana, was one of my favorites from my visit there over the summer.

8" x 8" encaustic image transfer - I ended up working on this most of the day and now I may have to find something else to use the night of the demo!

My photo used for the image transfer is seen below, next to another copy of the image already burnished and transferred with colored wax details added to it.

I prepared another smaller cradled birch panel, 6" x 6", ready with 3 layers of wax medium. You can also see all of the small works waiting for images to be transfered and painted above. There aren't enough hours in a day and I even had an extra hour today!


  1. That is a lot of work! It's fascinating how much time and energy goes into teaching. I think we students tend to forget that. We just assume the teacher shows up and teaches.
    Your students are lucky to have you!

  2. Wish I could be there... This looks like fun. You're right, there are never enough hours in the day in which to create.


  3. I think because this is my first time teaching this medium I am preparing (and slightly obsessing) a little more than usual! I still have more prep work to do although the bottom line is the night of the demo I will just go with the flow!