Four. The perfect number to sit around my large studio table and explore the mysteries of encaustic painting.
I’m in the middle of teaching my weekend encaustic painting workshop. Step by step, course by course we’re learning various applications and techniques particular to this medium. Many are curious but few attempt this old, hot mixture.
It’s a simple set up but different than an oil and acrylic studio. The mindset is of cold/hot rather than dry/wet materials. I always think people who gravitate towards encaustic have a unique sensibility. Encaustic requires patience and the ability to tolerate trial and error.
It speaks to people who say:
I don’t know. Let’s find out!
Day one is done and today we’re moving on to encaustic on paper. I’m bring out the hotbox, (designed by Paula Roland), the spray paint, the Japanese paper, barons, gel medium and more panels. The electrical outlets have been tested and we’re good to go. I have my lesson plan and know what I’d like my students to learn. The rest is out of my hands.
Encaustic has taught me to let go of control and be nimble when surprises happen. No force. Re-position yourself and let the wax flow!
Can’t wait to see what we create today!