The encaustic medium is magical, vibrant and translucent.  My creative muse guides, inspires and feeds my soul through this medium, mixed media and collage.  Blessing me with endless moments of creative joy and harmony...providing those ahhaa moments about life.  Join me on this creative journey, spend some time reading my musings about this life, the blessed other souls that come into contact with mine, however brief or often, that can leave everlasting imprints on our journey....perhaps our lives might share some similarities, bringing us closer and more connected...and less isolated.

"I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul." ~ Edith Wharton

Here's to finding those expansive moments.....

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

ENCAUSTIC HEAVEN - 2nd Annual National Encaustic Conference- Montserrat College, Beverley, Mass.

Lovely gentleman in the middle is Rodney Thompson, who makes these beautiful panels for encaustic work...I had the pleasure of learning from him about packaging encaustic work for storage and shipping purposes..his boxes are in themselves a true work of art...truly magnificent. Thanks so much Rodney.

Encaustic heaven is what I have just been immersed in the last four glorious days in Beverley, Massachusetts, at the Montserrat College of Art, which hosts this fabulous Encaustic Conference.  Between being star struck with meeting the lovely and warm, Joanne Mattera, who is the visionary encaustic guru, behind the first and second national encaustic conference, and meeting such lovely warm like minded other wax heads like myself.....Viewing the exciting pieces that came out of the Diptych Project, a joint project between the International Encaustic Artists, I.E.A and the New England Wax, N.E.W.   This project involved 36 diptychs, that were created in collaboration from the members from these two groups..the process was a lovely pushing of artistic boundaries.

Here are a few of the lovely diptychs that were exhibited at the 2nd National Encaustic Conference...Check back frequently to hear about how this project has become a seed of something magical to come to Ontario.

I think it would be absolutely fabulous to organize a large Canadian Encaustic Artist contingent to caravan together and attend this exciting, informative and encaustic community event next year, the third annual national encaustic conference...there is something just very special about meeting and sharing with other encaustic artists.  It was great to meet a few other Canadian artists that travelled as far if not further than we did from Ontario, there were five of us from Canada this year.  I had the great pleasure of meeting both Susan Fisher and Alexandre Masino.

Another lovely artist I met during our trip into Rockport was Leslie Sobel, check out her work it is fantastic.

More to follow about the beautiful sacred places Andrea and I found during our trip in and around Beverley, Mass.  I thoroughly enjoyed travelling Andrea for this conference...we had great fun totally immersed in the lovely sights, tastes and long chats over delicious meals, wine and beer and our travels there and back....thanks for being such as great travel companion Andrea.  


Aria Tudanger said...

I am an artist seeking an answer to a question and I was hoping that you might be able to answer it. I am working on a painting/collage. The collage is composed of images printed on a Canon Pixma 4600 tabletop inkjet printer. I am looking for a material with which to coat this collage to give it a raised effect. It is glued down with Golden matte gel medium, but I am hesitant to paint the medium over the surface due to the inks running in a water-based medium. I am interested in using transparent encaustic to cover the collage, but I dont know if the inkjet will hold up under the heat. Do you have any experience with this technique? IS there a way to do this without ending up with a big mess of a painting? Maybe there is some way to protect the collage against running. I have been looking up maximum temperatures for the prints but cant find any concrete answers. I am desperate for advice and greatly appreciate any suggestions you might have,
Aria Tudanger

Supria Karmakar said...

Yes, I do put clear yellow or bleached wax over inkjet prints...or coloured translucent wax so that it will show...I have not had a problem with the heat or running of images from an inkjet copy..hope this helps?
You can email me if you need to chat more about the techniques of encaustic...