November 2013 I attended a fantastic advanced encaustic workshop tutored by Shawna Moore, Shawna is from Whitefish, Montana, see her website, she has some great video’s to watch on youtube, http://shawnamoore.com/about/
I thought it would be an interesting addition to my practice to see the diversivication of another well established encaustic artist from the states. Most australian encaustic artist’s are new to the medium over the last 10 years.
I travelled to Melbourne on a midnight flight to arrive at 5am, giving me enough time to have breaky at airport and catch shuttle bus to city and then train to my accomadation and then onto the first day workshop by 9.30am when I arrived to start the first day I was pleased that I was not the only mad artist that flew to my destination that morning, granted that I was the only one from western australia, so had the longest flight. Others traveled from Sydney, Brisbane and country areas of Victoria but most of the other participants were from Melbourne. We quickly made friends with each other on the first day and Shawna established with each of us individually, what our expectations were from this four day intensive workshop so she could make sure we were all catered for. My request was to extend my encaustic teaching knowledge and abilities on what I already have established in my present practice. My wish was granted and I came home fullfilled with the knowledge that I was on the right track and loving it.
Shawna Moore on the left and the lovely Daina on right who was our TA for the four days, Daina is a very accomplished artist in her own right and so knowledgable about all the tech stuff of art materials, she teaches Encaustics in Melbourne as well as many other classes in different mediums.
We were kept very busy everyday, experimenting with R & F Encaustic Paints, (they are the most luscious colours and so nice to use), learning new skills and extending our own individual styles.
I also got to use an allumimium pallette, which is great if you want to mix your colours on the hot pallette..
Two sample pieces of experimenting with transparent glazes and oil sticks.
I even found my gallery!!! how cool is that?