What could be more pleasurable than going out to a two and a half hour class on a Monday night, creating mini encaustic, (wax) paintings?
Not much in my books.
Ten other people thought it was also their idea of fun, four of whom had attended my watercolour and mixed media painting classes; so I was in good company.
The encaustic course run by Nelson artists and motel owners Lynne and Steve Whitford was fantastic because it was well organised.
Everyone was provided with their own aprons and encaustic irons, with a selection of sixteen coloured wax blocks and a generous supply of shiny, white cards to make paintings on.
Lynne lead us through a series of simple wax application exercises that resulted in beautiful, fluid looking, mini landscapes and abstract creations from all of the class members.
Lynne circulated around the room, helping people and Steve was full of positive comments and practical help. The time evaporated, I ended up with thirteen small squares of experiments which I could make into cards or use as samples.
I liked the gold and silver coloured encaustic wax and could see the potential in using them with textured backgrounds towards a volcanic landscape series.
Lynne and Steve own a motel with an attached gallery in Nelson called Ascot Lodge. When I go on my next photographic trip to the
I will be demonstrating some beeswax and encaustic lessons on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings if people are interested in attending a taster series of classes, using clear beeswax and acrylic paint with Resene testpots.
If you like the look of the encaustic supplies I have bought; you can buy your own from Lynne and Steve from their website called Ascot Encaustic Art Supplies.
It’s brilliant to connect with artists from other cities because they can direct you towards the most creative events and places in their region.
Creative quote of the day
“The most important thing a teacher can remember: it only takes one negative comment to kill a dream,” anonymous.
After school art and craft classes from Monday to Friday and adults painting and mosaic classes Mondays to Wednesday mornings.