Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wax Works West and Taska's Ecstacy

Sorry I was lax in my writing last week.  I was caught up in a web of beeswax and pigment.
Mom came out to California so we could drive down to Aptos, outside of Santa Cruz for a weekend of encaustic workshops at Wax Works West.  If your are remotely intersted in learning to paint with encaustics Wax Works West is AMAZING.  All 3 teachers, Wendy Aikin, Judy Stabile, and Daniella Woolfe, are accomplished artists and wonderful instructors.  Explore www.waxworkswest.com and their personal websites to see just what I mean.  Now I will give you a little history.
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Encaustic painting is the use of beeswax, resin, and pigment to create layer upon layer of translucent color and images on wood.  The art of painting with wax dates back to the Egyptian portraits done around 100-300 AD.
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These were painted in life and then mounted to the front of the subject's coffin, just in case you forgot who was buried where...

The 1950's saw a resurgence of encaustic work with Jasper Johns.  Personally I am most interested in the oldest and the newest explorations of the medium.  
I don't know if it was the fumes or what, but I was in heaven.  I have played with wax a little in my work,but was always disappointed in the results and the struggle.  I felt like this medium was made just for me.  I was so overwhelmed by the inspiration bombarding my head I got exhausted just imagining what I could do.  Here is a snapshot of my pallet.  
note the torch pointed at the fire extinguisher

That, by the way, is Aliziran Orange in the bottom center.  Yes that color is that vibrant.  It rose through the layers to the surface.   More iamages of my practice work to come.

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