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Month: March 2014

From Photo to Photo Encaustic

In my previous blog post I mentioned a talk I gave last week to a group of people looking to pursue art, writing, and other creative practices after retiring from “regular” jobs. Several of the participants expressed interest in what the my images looked like before becoming encaustic paintings so I thought I’d post a few examples.

 

This leaf is actually a solar print made during a printmaking class a few years ago. I scanned the print and made a few minor changes in Photoshop, including making it a bit more contrasty and truly black and white.

 

(Encaustic work is always best seen in person. It’s got fabulous texture, luminosity, and dimension that just doesn’t show up in a photograph or on a screen.)

This piece is called “Rescue Work.” I won an honorable mention with it at the Dayton Visual Arts Center last year!

 

Here are a couple more before-and-after examples:

 

 

I took this photo on a trip to Uluru in Australia. I was blown away by the clear blue sky and the red sand. Visiting Uluru and the Red Centre was an unbelievable experience.

uluru

This piece is one of the first encaustic experiments I ever tried. During an encaustic workshop with my friend Felicia Touhey, she suggested incorporating collage elements into our encaustic paintings. I found some bark paper at the craft store and had a go at recreating the photo.

Red_Centre_encaustic_painting_by_Susan_Stayer

 

Transforming photographs and prints into encaustic paintings can be a lot of fun! The possibilities are endless.

A Shout Out to My New Artist Friends

I had the opportunity to talk to a group of creative people yesterday and I just want to thank everyone for being so kind.

The group is made up of people looking to become artists and writers after retiring from a long career in a somewhat less creative field. Many said they’re looking forward to taking art classes, working on writing projects, traveling, visiting museums –  all the fun, exciting, and rewarding creative activities they’ve put on the back burner for so many years.

Many thanks to Margie Bauer for organizing the talk. Margie is an amazing person who has lived and worked in places like Zaire and Indonesia. She’s also a watercolor and mixed media artist specializing in tropical flora and fauna.

Passiflora incarnata  Purple Passion Vine by Margie Bauer 20 x 16 in Watercolor on 300 lb Fabriano Soft Press
Passiflora incarnata
Purple Passion Vine
by Margie Bauer
20 x 16 in
Watercolor on 300 lb Fabriano Soft Press

I also enjoyed meeting Kathleen Stafford, the other artist invited to speak to the group. Kathleen has spent many years living and traveling in Africa and paints gorgeous watercolor portraits of African people. She’s also a printmaker and she enjoys making collagraph prints.

Griot/Storyteller by Kathleen Stafford
Griot/Storyteller by Kathleen Stafford

All the best to everyone I met yesterday!