Encaustic: Opportunity and Alchemy

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Encaustic: Opportunity and Alchemy

Opportunity knocks.

Encaustic, collage on board, encaustic workshop with NanciHersh

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encaustic, collage on board
6″ x 6″
©NanciHersh

Always. It may come in different forms, packages or venues. But an opportunity to learn something new is always there. Whether it is a class, a job, or situation, ultimately, it is about yourself. Even if it is something we have done before, the real question is can you see with fresh eyes, open mind, and heart.

That’s why I love teaching.  As I watch my students delve in to the process, be it painting, encaustic, books arts, whatever the art form, I see a shift occur when we simultaneously focus on the moment or task and let go of preconceived ideas of what is possible.

One such opportunity presented itself recently in my Encaustic Workshop at Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) in Wilmington, DE.  As Joanne Mattera states in The Art of Encaustic Painting, it is a simple process of “heat, color, fuse. ” Heat the surface (board or panel), add color (pigmented beeswax with damar resin) or collage, and fuse with heat gun. Simple however, does not often mean easy. Learning to translate what is in your head or mind’s eye to board is tricky, but working through that with trial and error is where the opportunity lies.

Once again we see that the journey is the destination because while encaustic does give us luscious and luminous surface, colors and texture the opportunity is in what we discover along the way.

Looking for an opportunity to Heat, Color, Fuse? join me for my next Encaustic Workshop (COURSE ID: FA0189) at DCAD on Saturday, April 11, 2015. For more info click here.

 

2 Comments

  1. liza myers
    March 6, 2015

    I am so intrigued by encaustic. The luminosity of layers has a quality unlike any other art form… the way the images intermingle and shine from beneath. Love your encaustics and wish I could take a class with you! Lucky students!

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    • Nanci Hersh
      March 10, 2015

      Thanks for commenting Liza. Working with layers is part of the process and joy of working with encaustics, can be tricky, surprising, but so rewarding. Would love to work with you sometime as well… have my eye on Peru!

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