Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How to explore encaustic

Have you ever wondered about encaustic paint? How does it work? What do I need? How do I use it?

My Cooled Palette

I'll have some answers this Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 2011, at Plaza Artist Materials here in Nashville from 12 to 3:00 each day. Plaza's address is : 633 Middleton Street, located on the corner of 7th Avenue South and Middleton Street one block off of Lafayette Street. 

I'll be demonstrating the handmade paint produced by R and F Paints, which is my favorite brand. These encaustics are high quality, color dense, and silky. Their website is a treasure trove of information.

Encaustic work can be subtle:

© 2006 Kathryn Dettwiller
Encaustic, matches, plaster on wood
13 X 13""

Or encaustic can be glorious in color:

Hot Window
© 2007 Kathryn Dettwiller
Encaustic monotype
12 X 9.25""

Visit their website for resources, Q and A, workshops, and more.
and visit my page, The Buzz About Encaustic.

Drop in on Saturday or Sunday at 633 Middleton Street (Plaza Art Materials) to try it in person!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Goodbye, Nathan

Nathan Oliveira
Angel Rocker, 2005
Color sugar lift aquatint with aquatint and drypoint
Image Size: 45 x 36"

I was about to write a post about how Nathan Oliveira influenced my work.

Influences are inevitable. One of the pivotal experiences of my art career was an off-campus residency with Nathan Oliveira at the Santa Fe Institute of Art in New Mexico. Although almost twenty years have past, his emphasis on "letting the form emerge" is burned into my psyche. That concept guides my work today and probably always will.

When I searched for links, I found this one:

In Memoriam: Nathan Oliveira 1928-2010

Tears welled up in my eyes and a hole opened in my gut. I felt like I'd lost my shining light. Even though we hardly corresponded, his importance to the artist in me was monumental. Nathan transformed my artistic practice from intellectualized to passion-driven. He emphasized credibility, the importance of process, and the concept that content and painting go hand-in- hand. His ideas will remain center stage in my practice.

Goodbye, Nathan. Your influence will carry on.

If you would like to read more about Nathan Oliveira, click on these links:

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