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.....

Monday, April 25, 2011

Taking Time to Listen, New Newsletter and Current Workshop Dates .....

Zen teacher Susuki Roshi said, “We don’t need to learn how to let go. We need to recognize what’s already gone.” We tell stories so we can recognize what is gone. It takes time. My friends listen patiently. ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Taking Time to Listen

It has been a while since I put out my last newsletter, which was in February.
I had decided to spend the month of March in artistic seclusion, and I have to say it was, for the most part, full of many joyous moments in solitude and creativity.  I must admit that I do relish my time alone.  I do realize that my happiness rests in having time to be quiet, time to really listen to that deeper place of knowing and in being alone.
That doesn't mean that I do not also enjoy finding balance in my life, by welcoming time with friends and family. So it was fantastic to begin again offering studio share times with warm and loving creative friends.  I have thoroughly enjoyed offering studio share over the last year, and in reflecting on this offering, I have found it has brought me tremendous joy over the last year, bringing companionship and creativity time with others, where I grow often...I have loved seeing creativity take part in many of these individual's lives.  Where it has filled them with joy, healing and direction.

I have also begun an Insight meditation program with Jill Davey, at her beautiful yurt in Fergus, and it has brought ebbs and flow of many more emotions. Questions and ponderings about life, some of which I am only getting to hear, they are like soft whispers, and I definitely do not have the answers, that may come, who knows.....  It is amazing how long it takes to just slow down enough to really hear our deeper self, our deeper knowing.  It has been four weeks and I still feel like I am on the edge of a beginning.  It is funny, as I know it is all about beginnings, and I also know when I do cross the threshold, it will change yet again...and I will still be at another beginning, and still won't know the answers to these questions that would have surfaced...So instead, I am working at understanding and really trying to just live in this current moment and time.  I am grateful for her sharing and teachings.
Life is truly too short to not stop and listen to this very moment.
 To really feel alive I need to hear what my heart is calling me to recognize, my own story; sometimes that means taking roads that might not always be easy.

I am setting this intention, to live in the moment, recognizing our stories, yours and mine, and heart's calling.  With much love and gratitude for stopping to hear and read my stories, and honouring my sharing, this bit at this moment with you.  In creativity and love, Supria!

Creativity Retreats at Supria’s Designs Studio
Encaustic Mixed Media and Altered Book Workshops
Day long or 3 – day summer retreat format

What is encaustic?
The word “encaustic” comes from the Greek, meaning “to burn in". 
Encaustic painting is the art of painting with pigmented, molten wax. In encaustic painting, a medium is created from a mixture of waxes and resins, melted and pigmented with oil paints.   Each layer of encaustic is fused with a heat source.


The Encaustic ‘Beginner’s’ (Level 1) is an introduction to encaustic, basic fusing techniques, safety issues, use of collage materials.   Sat. June 4th, 10 - 4 in Fergus

The Encaustic ‘Beyond Collage’ (Level 2) will cover the use of photocopy image transfers (black and white & colour), rub-ons, charcoal, oil & wax pastels, using metal leaf, use of oil sticks and hot tools.  Sat. May 7th 10-4 in Toronto OR Sat. June 25th, 10-4 in Fergus

The Encaustic ‘Texture Galore’ (Level 3) will cover masking off areas, building raised areas with encaustics, building texture using dry brushing, stencils, use of stamps, adding a crack technique, dry wall plaster, and other found objects.  Sat. May 14th, 10-4 in Fergus OR Sat. June 18th, 10- 4 in Fergus

The Encaustic ‘Pushing the boundaries’ (Level 4) will cover using alcohol inks, water colour, Indian inks, mica, glass and textiles and using drywall plaster into encaustics.  Sunday May 29th, 10- 4 in Fergus Or Sun. June 26th, 10- 4 in Fergus.

The Encaustic ‘Mono Printing’ (Level 5) will explore creating mono prints with encaustic medium on various Japanese papers, using a hot-box and then adding these mono-prints on wooden substrates to complete a two dimensional piece or to incorporate the encaustic papers into a book.  Mono-printing kit available for sale: includes an anodized aluminum plate (19 x 10 inches)& bamboo baren. Sun. June 12th, 10 - 4 in Fergus. 

The Encaustic ‘Wax Book’ - Beyond the Cover beeswax meets mica in an altered book assemblage encaustic summer intensive play shop, a 3-day retreat in July. Register before April 30th for savings.  
Session 1: Thurs. July 21st, 2 p.m. to Sunday July 24th, Noon
Session 2: Monday July 25th, 2 pm. to Thurs. July 28th, Noon

For more information on dates, cost and locations, or for a complete brochure to be mailed to you
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"Poetic Whimsy", Encaustic Mixed Media, 18 x 34, 2011

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