Encaustic Classes – I love teaching.

I love teaching, I think I was born to be a teacher. Nothing gives me a greater thrill than to share my knowledge. I typically use the analogy of the lightbulb for why I love teaching. It is thrilling to watch my students’ minds go while they are figuring out what’s going on and to see that “lightbulb” go on over their head when they finally get it.

Teaching can sometimes be difficult because there are so many different ways people learn. We, as teachers must learn to adjust our approach to be able to help those around us learn and understand in the easiest and best possible way for them. Staying calm and figuring out different approaches is how I work through all my teaching situations. It’s part of why I love teaching so much, it’s the puzzle and the challenge that helps keep me engaged. Also, teaching art is a BLAST!!!!

I have taught a variety of classes and techniques over the years and I never get tired of the inspiration that I consistently receive from my students. I love seeing others be creative and make art. Especially when they don’t think they can or have never tried a certain technique before. I was not supported for my artistic talents while I was growing up so being able to be supportive and watch people grow and develop is something that really means so much to me. It’s a very important part of life; learning new artistic techniques, growing your arsenal of abilities and changing your way of thinking about art can positively effect other areas of one’s life. Below are pictures of my students over the years and their amazing creations, I want to thank them for the joy they have brought me over the years.

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Bees are Life

It’s been nagging at me, the fact that there are so many bees dying. I am sure that it is all the pesticides that are being sprayed for the produce and other food we eat. I understand that it’s a much bigger picture than just that but it’s been weighing heavy the last few weeks. I decided to create a piece of art to commemorate how much bees are needed for the survival of the human race. I started with a test bee on the counter of my tables where I work and then graduated to my art journal, finally landing on a small 18×20 canvas.

This isn’t the end of this conversation for sure but at least it’s a start.

This is my practice bee…

Here are pictures from my art journal….

This is my final canvas painting

Pantsuit Nation Painting

I’ve been so angry lately at all the news our stupid president is getting. The way he is systematically removing all the great things President Obama did for our country.

The fact that he is trying to repeal Obamacare and the fact that he is getting rid of DACA has just put me into a fowl mood.

I was looking at my pussy hat a friend made for me and got so inspired. I decided I wanted to paint a nasty woman painting. I don’t know if it will help empower women but it sure helps me and it really made me feel better about being an artist. I used to be so political and radical and as I’ve gotten older it seems like I’ve become more like milk toast. Not wanting to make waves or cause anything thought provoking. I have quieted my anarchist self. And that makes me angry too!

I don’t want to go softly into that night anymore, I want to go yelling and screaming for my rights and the rights of my fellow women, those who can’t speak for themselves because they’re afraid of getting deported, and those who are just afraid. I’m sick and tired of keeping my mouth shut and being afraid of offending people.

Below are pictures of my art journal where I practiced painting and sketching what I wanted to paint on a large canvas. The canvas I chose is 18″ x 56″ and I’m really happy with how it turned out. It will be the first of many paintings to come.

Below is the finished painting. Short video clip. It is acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas.

Selling at Jack of All Trades / Jack London Square / August 12th

Hi Friends,

I will be selling my Art at the Jack of All Trades Event on August 12th. I will be there selling my Encaustic Paintings, Encaustic Monoprints, Encaustic Greeting Cards, Art Prints, Handmade Art Greeting Cards, Quotable Cards and Art, Accordion Books from large to mini as well as Mixed Media Art on wooden panels. I will have a lovely friend selling her amazingly beautiful art cards, handmade art journals, and accordion books.

I am really excited to be able to share with you all the work I’ve been doing lately. This art is some of my newest designs and I am sure you’ll love them!

I’ll be at Jack London Square on the 12th of August between 11 am – 5pm. I’d love it if you would swing by and at least say HI! We’d love to see you and share what we’ve been working on with you. Lots of lovely and fun paper/arts/crafts  – something for everyone with price ranges suited for any and all budgets.

http://www.jackofalltradesoakland.com/

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Below is one of my Encaustic Wax Art Prints

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are 4 little Quotable 4×6 panels & mixed media.

Here are a couple images of my quotable greeting cards

 

 

Selling ART at a Holiday Bazaar

I will be participating in a Holiday Bazaar. I’d love it if you would come by and say HI, buy some of my art and see what new things I’ve been up to. There will be a lot of other local artists selling their art there as well. Remember, how awesome it is to support local artists, and local stores. I know from experience that people love getting handmade local art for the holidays! I will have Encaustic Paintings and Monoprints as well as handmade journals and notecards for sale.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Panama Bay Coffee Company

289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo

HERE IS A SNEAK PEAK AT WHAT I’LL BE BRINGING!

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Encaustic Monoprints FOR SALE – Perfect for Holiday Gifts

The holidays are fast approaching and what better to buy for your friends and family is ART from a local artisan. I have been an artist for more than 25 years and I have some amazing deals!

Thank you all for supporting my blog. I have quite a few new Encaustic Monoprints for Sale. They are all $50 and are printed on high quality Canson Edition Printmaking paper with R&F Handmade Encaustic Paint and Dry Pigment. The size of the paper is 9″ x 12″ with a deckled edge at the bottom with cut edges on the other 3 sides. If you are interested in purchasing any prints for holiday gifts please email me at raveniacono@gmail.com. You can also follow this link to see the detailed information about these pieces:

https://www.facebook.com/TheRavensNestArt/

The sizes of the art images range from: 4″ x 4″  to 6″ x 8″

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Encaustic Printmaking Class at Pinole Artisans Gallery

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Do you want to learn how to Monoprint with Encaustic Paint?

We will be learning the basics of monoprinting with encaustic wax and the flexibility it offers to add additional products such as dry pigment and decorative paper.  You will leave with a minimum of 5 prints made with R&F Encaustic paint on Strathmore 400 series printmaking paper.

Sunday, November 13,, 2016 – 4:00- 7:00 pm

1360 Fitzgerald Drive, Pinole CA

Fee: $120 for 3 hours

Raven Iacono has been an artist for 25+ years and encaustic artist for more than 10 years.

She has had her artwork in numerous shows.

The latest show was the juried event: The 30th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition

I started my art career as an oil painter and at the same time have always had my eyes on Encaustic Painting. Wax really speaks to me, the way it draws me into the work, by mysteriously obscuring some images yet inviting me to see through the layers of wax. It is the perfect way for me to express the many layers of my life.

I have been painting with wax for over 10 years, mainly on wood panels with some mixed media thrown in. During the middle of 2015, during a long drive I began dreaming of my next project and encaustic monoprinting came to me while driving through a giant redwood tree. It felt so profound to be driving through this amazing millennial tree while contemplating the millennia of encaustic painting. Every time I create a Monoprint or an Encaustic Painting, I leave a bit of myself on the plate and on the panel, which is how I envision the encaustic painters felt in the 1st Century.

My art as well as my vision of how I have perceived my life has changed over the years. Encaustic art is my way of letting you and I get a special peek of my memories; it whispers to us of my childhood hope. My experiences remain in my memories like little treasures that have left a big imprint on the artist I am now.

Please contact via email to register for this class; raveniacono@gmail.com. 

Once you’ve signed up I will send you a PayPal Invoice.

30th Annual Juried Emeryville Celebration of the Arts Show

Do you love a good art show? With a lot of amazing talented artists? Well, you’re in LUCK!!

One of my Encaustic & Dry Pigment Mono-Prints was selected hang in the 30th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition. I will also have 5 encaustic & dry pigment mono-prints in the print bins.

This show will have over 125 artist works and is sponsored and produced by the non-profit Emeryville Celebration of the Arts, Inc.

The Opening night benefits the Emeryville Youth Art Program. It is being held Friday, October 7th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at  1550 Park Avenue, Emeryville (SW entrance).

Please see the invite below, and come if you’re able! There will be dancers, poets, performance art and lots and lots of amazing art!

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Group Show in Pinole at the Pinole Artisans Gallery

My encaustics are up in a group show in Pinole at the Pinole Artisans Gallery.

The show will be up through November 20th – just in time to buy your loved ones a holiday gift.

I am showing Mono-prints, a large Diptych along with smaller textural encaustic paintings.

I also have all my hand made books, journals, address books for sale as well.

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Stop by the Gallery anytime to say Hello to all the lovely artists here.

Pinole Artisans Galley

Pinole Vista Shopping Center

1360 Fitzgerald Avenue

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm & Sundays 1:00 – 4:00 pm