Encaustic workshop with Shawna Moore

A few weeks ago I was lucky to attend the Encaustic and Pigment Stick Workshop with artist Shawna Moore at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. I learned a TON! So many new techniques and tips that will help develop my ideas.

It will forever change the way I paint. The techniques she taught open up my eyes to something new, a new way of working and applying wax. The process gives greater depth and transparency -- something I've been exploring and practicing lately. The use of oil paint and pigment stick give an infinite number of possibilities with layers, color and mark making.

I am especially intrigued by mark making techniques. Pounding into the wax with various tools and objects, rubbing pigments into marks and revealing them as each layer builds with transparency. One of my favorite thoughts, Shawna expressed "damaging the painting will give it flaws you can respond to."

Here With Me, encaustic on panel, 11 x 14 inches

Here With Me, encaustic on panel, 11 x 14 inches

We also learned how these techniques can apply to landscape images. It was a new method of abstract painting, using tape to mark a horizon line and letting the wax encapsulate the pigment. I really enjoy this concept. Here was my first try: 

Landscape 1, encaustic on panel, 10 x 10 inches

Landscape 1, encaustic on panel, 10 x 10 inches

New techniques and new inspiration! I have so much to explore and can't wait to discover my work again. Thanks to Shawna Moore and Jenny Learner for hosting an incredible weekend! I look forward to participating next year.