R&F Encaustic Workshop

I will be offering a free workshop at Flax Art & Design – details and link to sign up are below.

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R&F Encaustic Workshop 

Saturday, Aug 22, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm 

Join us along with artist Raven Iacono while she demonstrates the vast possibilities you can achieve with R&F Encaustic Paints and mediums. Raven will be encouraging you to not only try encaustic painting but will also show you anything goes with this ancient art form. You will have fun learning how to properly incorporate wax, paint and mixed media while also learning safe studio practices using heat. Find out how you can incorporate almost anything into wax including paper scraps, graphite, photos, fabric, and also Raven’s favorite thing to use — The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils. If you love making photo transfers her method gives some of the best results! Sign up early this class has limited attendance. Link is below:

http://flaxart.com/san-francisco-store/workshops-events?utm_source=FLAX+Master&utm_campaign=25807e4b1f-080515+Store+-+SF+Center+for+the+Book+Pop-Up&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2b67827c8d-25807e4b1f-85279441

Stock up because they’re offering all R&F products at 20% off Aug 17th – 22nd! 

Completing my First Ultra Marathon ——- 50K in the Books!

It has been my goal since I started running almost 2 years ago to become more fit and strong. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would ever complete a marathon, let alone an ultra marathon.

In August of 2013 I joined The SF Marathon Training Group or Run365 as it is affectionately known. I knew immediately that this group was for me. They gave me such a well-rounded approach to running. Being a complete beginner over the age of 50 I needed a lot of extra coaching and support. I needed help with not only how to increase mileage, but the best way to fuel, how to make sure you are hydrating correctly, how to stretch before and after a run plus much more.

What I didn’t realize is that once I started running I didn’t want to stop. I mean I NEVER want to stop running ever. I love it, I really and truly love it. I feel more like myself when I am running, especially when I am running on the amazing trails of Northern California.

1 month after I started running, one of my coaches told me about Brazen Racing and how wonderful they are and what an amazing job they do putting on trail races. My first 5K trail race was Bear Creek at Briones Regional Park.

http://www.ebparks.org/parks/briones

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http://www.brazenracing.com/bearcreektrail.html

It was so wonderful, I felt great and was so proud of my accomplishment. This year, I will be running the Bear Creek HALF – I am so excited! I have attached the map and elevation chart for you just in case you would like to have a peek.

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So, now to my major accomplishment! Starting and completing my first 50K. I set a goal for myself to run Brazen Racing’s Dirty Dozen 12 hour race and to complete a 50K in 10 hours or less. If I could do this then I would sign up for the North Face Endurance Challenge, which take place in the Marin Headlands at the beginning of December. Not only did I complete the 50K, I did it in 8:37 minutes. I know by Ultra Marathon standards – the time isn’t that impressive but for me it was outstanding. Not only did I run 33.7 miles which is more than a 50K (31.07 miles) but I did it under my goal time by an hour and 1/2.  I am so proud of what I’ve done and in the time I’ve done it. If anyone that reads this, is over 50, has never run before and thinks they can’t do an ultra marathon – I am here to prove otherwise! Anyone can do anything if you put your mind to it! Be smart about it though, use all the resources you can; read any and all books and videos. Find a good running group or a running coach and just start. That is the hardest part, starting. Maybe you’ll be like me, once you start you just won’t want to stop! Below is a picture of me crossing the finish line of my first 50K!

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Below are more links for races in the area that are worth checking out:

Inside Trail Racing

http://www.coastaltrailruns.com/

https://www.thenorthface.com/get-outdoors/endurance-challenge.html

Encaustic Photo Transfer & Introduction to Mixed Media Demo

I will be offering a free demo showing you the basics of photo transfer and utilizing mixed media and encaustic was. In this class we will briefly review best practices when working with Encaustic paint. We will then learn to create collages applying techniques of image transfer and layering.

All materials are included. Limited Seating so please call to reserve your space now.

Date:

August 8, 2015 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Capacity 20 Students

2550 El Camino Real, Redwood City

650-328-3500

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Encaustic Demo Love

Two of my favorite things to do are to paint and to teach. Ever since I can remember I always wanted to be a teacher. As I grew older I realized that it’s a profession that doesn’t really embrace financial stability. So I decided to go to art school – financial stability? Art? What craziness!!! Well, I believe I can do both and have stability in my life and be happy. I love art and I love to teach! The best thing for me would be to combine the two together. I have yet to become financially stable doing the two but I have to tell you, I am so glad that I am trying. I have a full time job in the art industry which is great for motivation, inspiration and pays the bills. What I am working on now is the ability to transition this life into one of teaching, doing art and fully supporting myself and my family.

I will be offering classes soon in my studio – but until I do, here are some fun pictures of artists and their art from a hands on demo at Flax Art Materials in San Francisco, CA. The first image is a piece I created a 3 from my students. Feel free to check out my website – Etsy site and share with all those you think would be interested in learning more about Encaustic!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RavensNestArt

http://www.theravensnestart.com/

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Mini Encaustic Demo and Hands on Fun

A few short weeks ago I participated in a very large outdoor art demonstration and hands on event in Santa Rosa, California. I prepped over 100 4″x4″ cradled wooded Art Alternative Panels for the event. I wanted to make it easier for the attendees to be able to get their waxy hands wet – so to speak. I was hoping this would enable more people to play with hot wax.

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I set up my table and with the help & samples from R&F Handmade Paints I was able to demo and teach a wide range of students that day.

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They ranged from sweet little enthusiastic youngsters,  beginners along with some amazing intermediate encaustic artists. It was such a fun day. I even had my table set up next to lovely flowers buzzing with bees.

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Here are some pictures of artists and their art from the day.

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By the end of my day, I was ready for an ice cream sandwich – thanks 3 Twins!

AND a BIG Thanks goes out to R&F Handmade Paints for making this awesome day possible. Your paint is the best!

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Encaustic Shellac Burn

WOW! I sure do love encaustic painting! I had the best day in my studio today. I was playing around with shellac burn; wet and dry but I think my favorite is the wet technique.

I was working on a project for a dear friend who is moving away. I have been thinking about this painting for over a week. I knew what she liked, but was worried about her husband, she told me he likes things to look very modern. I created a painting that I thought they would both like with colors  I know they both love. Then I added my own touch to the piece.

I started with watercolors, added encaustic medium, then dry pastels, more medium, amber shellac – and voila!

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Check out the FIRE!

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