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Northwest Encaustic Studio 3-Day

After a zillion years of wanting to learn encaustic, I’ve finally jumped in with both feet.  Just finished a really productive and engaging 3 day studio intensive on encaustic miniatures with Larry Calkins and Sean Doll (Sean, get your website going!).  The class was small enough to allow for lots of conversation, observation of Larry and Sean in action, and hands-on work–really an awesome 3 days.

Northwest Encaustic Studio is one of our many gems here in West Seattle, housed in a 60s style apartment building converted to artist studios. It’s a great place to drop in on Second Thursdays to get access to lots of accomplished artists and their work.  Highly recommended.

Here are a few of the pieces I made this weekend.  The boxes are the sculptural part of the encaustic painting, made with Larry’s own finish recipe that adds a complex layer of depth to the piece.  The colors in the small paintings really shine when set in against the rough finish of the box.

This small painting is deep inside the box; I sort of like the depth of it--it goes to the secret life of birds, an ongoing obsession.

This small painting is deep inside the box; I sort of like the depth of it--the secret life of birds

Many bird books refer to a certain type of nest as a "cup" with a tea cup used as the symbol. I've always loved the idea of a bird in a cup.

Many bird books refer to a certain type of nest as a "cup" with a tea cup used as the symbol. I've always loved the idea of a bird in a cup.

Encaustic on a 1" piece of glass, sort of a joke. Larry fashioned this large frame for the piece which really makes the color of the mini jump out

Encaustic on a 1" piece of glass, sort of a joke. Larry fashioned this large frame for the piece which really makes the color of the mini jump out