Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Crazy Month

I used to check my blog daily, was really good about keeping up with others, but a month has passed and I am just now finding time to blog. I think other social media sites (Facebook, twitter, instagram, linked in, pinterest, vine, to name a few) have made the blogspot network less of a focus for many of us, or maybe it's just me not finding the time to write a more in depth summary of my art life and news. Regardless, a lot has happened in the past month and I would like to share.

The first week in June I attended the Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. It had been 4 years since I had been to the conference and I was ready to absorb and learn new things (the best teachers continue to also be some of the best students, in my opinion), and this conference is a mecca for all things encaustic. There was a vendor room with everything your encaustic mind could fathom, all day events, demonstrations and talks, intense 3 days of artistic sharing, educating, inspiration, and networking. A highlight for me was watching demonstrations using a HOTBOX™ as a palette instead of an electric griddle; I am now inspired to work with encaustic on paper rather than on board. I interviewed Pat Spainhour for the FusedChicago blog, she demonstrated scroll works, painting on the hotbox, and talked about incorporating Asian sumi-e influences in her work; you can read my interview here. After watching Paula Roland demonstrate various monoprint techniques using her trademark HOTBOX, I decided to purchase one for my continued exploration and self-education of encaustic painting.

The last day of the conference I participated in the hotel fair and as a result, a new gallery (28 & Bank Studio) opening in Harwich Port, MA (Cape Cod) end of the week will have an assortment of my small encaustic mixed media works for sale. 

The month of July will be the perfect opportunity to play with new ideas. Having just completed my 2nd outdoor art festival weekend, I will now have time to develop some works on paper before my 3rd art festival weekend August 2-3 at the Lakeshore Arts Festival in Evanston, IL. I also added lots of small works to my Etsy shop, and with the monoprint process consuming all of my creative energy I look forward to sharing a new direction in the coming weeks.

Booth Shot from Art in the Village this past weekend -


  1. I am always amazed at your works and even though I've seen at least two pieces up close and personal, I am just awed at how beautiful they are. Those two central pieces are so stunning! You mentioned in the past that you were doing a workshop and would be showing how to do the photo transfers...is that still on? We are so broke right now (M's unemployment ran out and I don't make enough on it to cover the bills, but he is supposed to start working next week), but I still hold out hope. If not your next, maybe the one after that...

  2. Sherry, it just so happens the diptych piece you are referring to is not an image transfer, its painted free hand with wax. I think one of the things I need to change in my booth is to have either all image transfers, or all freehand paintings.

    I am going to be teaching a weekly class in the fall at the North Shore Art league (here is there link - http://www.northshoreartleague.org), but the details have not been posted on the website yet. If something else comes up, and I offer a 1 day workshop, I will keep you posted.

  3. Thanks Robin! I figured the two central pieces were handpainted. I'd just love to learn how to do the transfer process. I think it would be great to do some things with it using my own photos and art...not that I have any real ideas yet or anything! LOL