Encaustic Workshop

So last weekend, I found myself in a jam-packed workshop, instructed by Shary Bartlett and facilitated by ┬áLorna 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.

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*for more info on the Fayum mummy portraits: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayum_mummy_portraits