Monday, September 24, 2007

First Friday: Encaustic Romance

First Friday Art Opening!
October 5th, 6-9 PM
The Art of Your Life Studio
1210 SE Oak St.,Portland
Member: Central Eastside Arts District

The Art of Your Life will host an exciting show of encaustic pieces by eight members of the Portland Chapter of the International Encaustic Artists group. Come and see the many different ways this amazing medium can produce luminescent paintings, from abstract to representational paintings and mixed media pieces! Artists showing are: Serena Barton, Andrea Benson, Natasia Chan, Kimberly Kent, Inanna McGraw, Amy Stoner, Mazarine Treyz, and Linda Womack.

The above works are by: Serena Barton, Kimberly Kent, and Linda Womack.

Here's some information on what encaustic means:

The term encaustic comes from the Greek word “encaustikos” meaning to burn in. Greek artists were painting with encaustic as long ago as the 5th century BCE. While almost lost for a time, this ancient art has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity during the last 15 years. This renaissance is due to improved tools, available information on the process and most important, the lustrous appearance of the work.

Encaustic refers to the process of painting with molten wax (usually beeswax), resin, and pigments that are fused after application into a continuous layer and fixed to a support with heat. Because the wax cools in minutes, additional coats can be added almost immediately, yet the painting can be reworked at any time in the future. The surface can be made smooth or roughly textured and can be incised to show layers below the surface.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Next Workshop: Layers of Memory/Imagination

The next workshop at The Art of Life will be a unique collage workshop called "Layers of Memory/Layers of Imagination." For this workshop bring several copies of two images that you love. This could be a vintage family photo or a reproduction of an old master painting, for example. A variety of interesting materials will be available to add to your images. You’ll leave with two magical collages.

Sunday, September 10 from 10-4
Bring a brown bag lunch, your image copies, and your willingness to experiment. No previous art experience required!

The Art of Your Life Studio
1210 SE Oak St., Portland

Pictures from "The Forgiving Medium"

Last weekend's acrylic workshop was terrific! Here are a few pictures from work in progress. Everyone was enthusiastic and willing to experiment with many techniques from thin washes to thick impasto paintings. Many thanks to those who participated!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

International Encaustic Artists: Portland Chapter

I recently joined the Portland chapter of International Encaustic Artists, a non profit organization dedicated to supporting encaustic artists and furthering the opportunities for people to see work in this wonderful medium. I went to my first meeting last week and was thrilled to be among others who are in love with beeswax! We talked for hours, trading techniques and viewing each other's work. Encaustic is hot (pun intended) here in Portland.

For those wondering what encaustic is, here's a brief definition.

Encaustic refers to the process of painting with molten beeswax, resin, and pigments that are fused after application into a continuous layer and fixed to a support with heat. Because it cools in minutes, more coats can be added almost immediately. Once the surface has cooled an encaustic painting presents a permanent finish, yet the painting can be revised and reworked at any time. Encaustic can be applied in thin glazes or thickly in relief. It can be scraped, carved, left roughly textured or made smooth.

For a chance to see the amazing variety of effects that can be achieved with encaustic, come to the next First Friday opening at The Art of Your Life Studio. We'll have eight members of the local IEA showing work in our exhibition, Encaustic Romance.
Several members also teach encaustic classes. I'm not yet sure who all of them are, but for starters, you can contact Linda Womack at
and Andrea Benson at

The pictures in this post are by Andrea and Linda who will be in the October First Friday show, along with Amy Stoner, Natasia Chan, Marlene Treyz, Kimberly Kent, Inanna McGraw, and me.

Workshops Next Weekend!

The two workshops below are scheduled for next weekend at The Art of Your Life.

The Forgiving Medium

Not a compassionate clairvoyant. but a fun and supportive acrylic workshop for beginners! Some of the great qualities of acrylics are: they dry quickly, they have brilliant colors, they are easy to use, and they can be painted over as many times as you want. Bring your desire to experiment and leave with two small paintings.

September 15th

12-4 PM

Led by Serena Barton

Tuition: 60. (includes most supplies)

The Art of Your Life Studio

1210 SE Oak St. Portland


Meet Your Muse!

Have fun exploring with creative exercises designed to unleash your inspiration! Create your Secret Book. Design your plan for keeping regular dates with your Muse.

September 16
10 AM to 4PM. Morning snacks and all materials provided. Bring a brown bag lunch. Tuition: 90.

Flora & Fauna Show

Here are some pictures of last week's First Friday show, Flora and Fauna. We had a great turnout and several sales! Thanks to all who stopped by The Art of Your Life to view the work by Julia Gardner, Katie Evans, and Serena Barton.