So last weekend, I found myself in a jam-packed workshop, instructed by Shary Bartlett and facilitated by Lorna Downie in her beautiful studio at The Rodmay Hotel. Shary was very knowledgeable and faced our excitement at learning her techniques with great patience… and boy… did we learn a lot!!! We practised with many different materials and even got a little art history on the first use of wax in an artistic context including the Fayum mummy portraits* from Egypt’s Coptic period of 100-300 CE. It was all very inspiring and I look forward to bring encaustic techniques into my work in the future and continue to paint with wax. One advice in particular I will not forget is “Fuse it or Lose it” which has been forever engraved deep into my brain. Here are 3 of my finished pieces for reference.
*for more info on the Fayum mummy portraits: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayum_mummy_portraits
I am off to Powell River for the weekend – the town that never sleeps, full of culture and arts. I feel so fortunate that it’s only a boat ride away from the tranquility of my home on Cortes Island. I am attending a workshop on the technique of Encaustic – using wax and pigment – and I have been so looking forward to it! I will share what I learn in one of my posts next week. I am not only going for the workshop however, it’s going to be a jam-packed weekend with an artist talk Friday evening and then D.O.A and Those Things playing at the bowling alley. The workshop is Saturday all day and then there is the famous Haunted Ball, where 4 of my creations will be featured in the gallery. Could I have picked a better weekend to go off island ? I say, “No way!” I am looking forward to seeing all my friends, learning new techniques and getting a huge dose of straight-up culture in the one-stop wonder town of Powell River BC! I share the poster for The Haunted Ball.