My drawing and painting life
For a long time I’ve wanted to try out encaustic painting. I’m trying it out now. After doing the year of daily creating – and painting the hundred small paintings from May to July, I felt I needed to refill the well, learn new things. And I am.
I’m taking an online class by Stephanie Hargrave ‘Intro to Encaustic Painting‘. The class is hosted by Carla Sonheim Presents. I asked Carla whether they might do a rerun, and woo hoo she decided to do so!
I had been wondering about how to set it up, where to get all the supplies. In Europe there’s a different style of encaustic that’s quite current (painting on special paper using a heated iron); getting the materials that Stephanie uses is a different matter. Encaustic paint from the USA isn’t cheap; you can buy it online of course, but I prefer buying locally. Finding all the materials in my country took a while. But I’m getting there!
The class starts early next week, on Tuesday 18th of October and will run for a month. Check the description and intro video out on Carla’s website. The video shows you Stephanie talking about the course. There’s 12 lessons, working from set up and safety through basics like how to handle the wax and onto shapes and lines, and some fun ways to add materials to an encaustic painting) and you can see some of the work.
I love Stephanies work. Her paintings are wonderful celebration of color, line work and of nature. Besides she knows her stuff and knows how to explain it very well!
Encaustic painting is painting using beeswax and pigments. Paintings can look luminous and magical. They can be smooth or very textured. I’ve looked around online at other ways to work with the wax, and I’m thrilled to be learning this technique from Stephanie in this class.
By the way. In 2014 the earlier run of this class by Stephanie ran. Then it was done over the course of three months, in monthly blocks of three lessons in one week with plenty of practice time in between. I will probably be practicing for quite a while after the last lesson.
I’ve tried a few things out already. And I think it’s exciting and fun to dip my brushes into the wax, melt it, move it around myself or see it move around on its own accord. I’ve already found that it’s not easy to control the wax, so I will have to accept the fails and celebrate the unexpected. Yeah!
Carla Sonheims website : she hosts many online classes; see her blog and free tutorials.
Stephanie Hargrave teaches the class Introduction to Encaustic Painting. from October 18 – November 11. There’s also a follow up class on Creating a modular encaustic painting. (I’m holding my horses, but I would love to try that one out too.)
Stephanie Hargrave has a website – where you can find more of her beautiful work: stephaniehargrave.com.
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