Encaustic painting

A while back I had gone to the WAG to see a local artist talk about encaustic painting. The presentation was fascinating and I couldn’t wait to try it out. I went ahead and ordered the materials I needed and for the last 8 months or so they have been staring at me in my studio. I have been feeling guilty about not having tried it out. Last Sunday I finally decided to give it a try. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I did enjoy the process. I am not happy with my first piece but I guess I should give myself a break and realize that the first piece isn’t going to turn out perfectly. I will make sure to give it another try sometime soon. Due to the fumes that you deal with while doing encaustic I decided to take advantage of the beautiful day and I set myself up in my backyard on the deck. It was really nice to be outside on such a beautiful day and play with paint or I guess wax in this case.

I thought I would share a bit of information about encaustic. Encaustic is also known as hot wax painting. The term Encaustic is derived from the Greek word enkaien and means to burn into. This procedure of applying molten, coloured wax to various surfaces was already used by the old Egyptians more than 3000 years ago – the resulting paintings of the mummy portraits are there for us to admire in the British Museum in London or in the National Museum in Cairo.  The technique was lost for hundreds of years, but rediscovered in the 18th century and has also had a resurgence in popularity since the 1990s.

The liquid wax can be applied to wood panels or also canvas and other materials, and metal tools and brushes be used to shape the paint before it cools, you can also use heated metal tools to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. You use a heat gun in-between wax layers to ensure that the new layer bonds to the existing ones.

Not as easy as I thought it would be but for sure fun!

Ciao!

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Some serious studio time

I have been spending most of the weekend in my studio. It’s such a good feeling when inspiration creates this burst of creativity that just has to expressed through paint or other mediums. I love when all I think about is art. It even takes over my dreams and ideas are constantly flowing. It’s just such an amazing feeling and it makes me feel so alive.

While I was at the studio today I saw the current exhibition at cre8ery “INAKA’s new works in antler and wood by Reg and Jamie Kucey”. Both Reg and Jamie are incredibly talented and I was really blown away by their art. The show is only on for two more days. Make sure to check it out as you won’t be disappointed!

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Just imagine…

Just imagine sketching on any paper and having the drawings magically appear on your computer screen as vector art even in layers!!! Just imagine the possibilities!

This is not a dream anymore! Wacom is introducing a new product called Inkling mid September. I just had to share this amazing new product. I can’t wait for it to come out.

Here is a quick video with more information on the product:

Wacom Inkling!!!! Wow!

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Vintage beauty

Every time I go into my studio to paint I have to change my clothes but somehow when changing back into my regular clothes I always manage to get paint on myself. I thought about an apron or a big shirt but I decided that that just wouldn’t be good enough. When I was a little girl my mom had made me red coveralls with a race car patch on them. I was absolutely in love with them and I would wear them when helping my dad in his garage. So I started thinking that coveralls might just be the solution.

I found the perfect coveralls on etsy – vintage from France and the measurements were perfect! When I got home on Friday I had a package waiting for me. Yeah I got my coveralls and I can’t wait to paint in them. That is once it’s maybe a bit cooler in my studio. They are almost too nice to paint in.

Vintage, so stylish and eco-friendly!

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Now this is stylish protective clothing

ok I won't be wearing my glasses in my studio

Trying to relax

So my first week of holidays is almost over and I have to say it was the least relaxing week off I have ever had. I made myself a promise this morning that the rest of my holidays I will be relaxed and not worry about anything except painting and relaxing.

It wasn’t all bad and I had some wonderful times with friends, went to the lake, found a great dresser that we will be using as our vanity, started some sketches for my upcoming solo exhibition and almost finished my book for my first book club meeting tonight. It was a bit of a hard read but I like new experiences and I have never been part of a book club before.

Here are some pictures of my first week off:

Oh Luna

friends

will be a vanity

sketches

In Plain View

This weekend is the studio tour “In Plain View” again. It’s a great opportunity to get a peek inside lots of Winnipeg based artists’ studios and see their work. Enjoy the great whether this weekend and take part of this self guided studio tour. For a complete list of participating artists visit www.inplainviewwinnipeg.com.

Please make sure to add cre8ery to your list of studios to visit. It’s a great opportunity to see lots of different artists’ studios in one convenient location.

Come and visit us at cre8ery, 2nd floor – 125 Adelaide between noon and 5:00 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and check out some of my jewelry, bags, photography and paintings. Enjoy the tour and I hope to see you this week-end!

Ciao for now!

Wish I was there

I wish I could have been in New York this week-end for the opening reception of “The sketchbook project” exhibition. It have never not been at the opening reception of an art show that I have had art work in. Too bad. I just have to make it work to go see the exhibit in one of the US cities it’s going to. Maybe Washington DC in April or Chicago in July. I will let you know once I have a trip planned.

Ciao

scars spread from my sketchbook