Student Work

Here are three pieces of student work in encaustic made at my studio in Boulder, Colorado by three different artists.  I’m excited to share them with you because of the range in sensibility they show.  When I teach encaustic it is my goal to help artists new to the medium find their own personal way into it.  Interested?  My next workshop, Basic Encaustic, is slated for Saturday, November 19th.

student1 Private Lesson:  This artist came to the studio with a strong sense of subject and composition inspired by her work in encaustic with another instructor.  We worked together to fill the technical gaps in her encaustic education and she left the studio with the beginnings of a new series based on botanical imagery that showcased her intuitive, fluent paint handing.

student2 Encaustic Transfer:  The two things that stand out to me when I look at this aritst’s work are the understated palette – look how the red works almost as a neutral here – and the atmospheric approach to mark-making.  The red and black marks on this piece that appear to have been drawn on to the panel were made using encaustic transfer techniques.

student3 Continuing Encaustic:  Simple stencils using painters’ tape were the focus of this session of Continuing Encaustic.  I like how this artist’s firm yet organic paint handling comes through in this simple and pleasing hot/cool composition.

I add workshops to my schedule by request as my schedule allows so if there’s something you are interested in that you’re not seeing on the schedule, let me know and I will see what I can do.  Private lessons available by request.

Paper by 53

Yay!  We have an iPad in the house and I am all over it, learning how to use Paper by 53, an app I’ve been dying to dig into since I learned about it at Tapestry in March.  Paper is a simple, intuitive drawing tool for the iPad used mainly by illustrators.  It has a ton of potential as a sketching tool for painters.  I would love to see more fine artists get into it.

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My first iPad drawing #madewithpaper

 

I’ve been using it for sketchnotes and to do casual sketching at home.  Here are a couple casual sketches I made of scenes from the The Knick, a TV series I like a lot.

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“This Surgery Proves How High We Can Soar,” iPad drawing #madewithpaper

 

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“This Is It, This Is All We Are,” iPad drawing #madewithpaper

 

Ready to try?  The app is simple enough for you to just download on your iPad or iPhone and start noodling around.  When you get stuck, check out this series of posts at mademistakes.  It is chock full of tips and will help un-stick you.  For more information geared toward data visualization and sketch notes, check out Catherine Madden’s website.  You may also find this free Skillshare video, How to Use Think Kit, helpful/interesting.

Oregano

Just because.

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A sentimental pic of a honeybee foraging on oregano in Boulder, Colorado, July 2016

 

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Oregano flowers and their tiny hairs are hard to see! I like how photographs can give a clearer picture of what’s happening with a plant at that smaller level.  The thing that most interests me here is being able to see how the oregano’s buds are arranged on each stem.  (That, and the tiny hairs. of course.)