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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow this link to see the detailed information about these pieces:
Encaustic painting is an art form that I came to years after finishing art school. It’s something that has always intrigued me so finally I decided I would learn how. Fast forward 10 years and I have been experimenting with mono-printing with wax and dry pigment. It’s been such a blast! I love the whole process, to figuring out what type of colors to use, which dry pigment goes with the paint and then crossing my fingers the whole things turns out. I would say probably 65% of the prints turn out the way I had envisioned and another 10% turned out even though it wasn’t what I expected and about 25% end up in the trash. It’s such a fun, exciting and quick process, what’s not to like?
I like monochromatic images as well as bright colors. The metallic aspect is really cool too!
These are just a few examples of the work I have been doing lately. Silver, Gold & Copper. There is a large full image of the prints as well as a close-up detailed version.
I will be offering a free workshop at Flax Art & Design – details and link to sign up are below.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
Here are some pictures of artists and their art from the day.
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!
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!
I participated in an art show this past Thursday and only sold one painting but received a commission for another painting. At first I was feeling a bit blue that I only sold 1 painting but I had to step back and think, what defines success for me? I was successful in selling a painting, I was successful in getting a commission for another painting. I was successful in meeting some really great people that evening and I was successful in meeting people who live in Marin and know gallery owners. I really want to get my art into galleries in the north bay. Marin, San Rafael, Healdsburg, Sausalito and places like that. I think I accomplished that. I have to remember that every time I get myself out there and people see my art it is SUCCESS.
I believe in my art, I believe that my art is really good and that I can make a success in my field. I just have to keep getting out there and meeting people and having little success stories and selling my art.
Here are some of the images from my show.
My next show will be on the 18th of July. It will be at the community center in Point Richmond California from 5-8:00pm.