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Just for you: Private Workshops in Las Vegas, New Mexico

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Discover the historic town of Las Vegas, NM. As old as Santa Fe, this town has an entirely different look and feel.  These will be small groups meeting in my home studio, in the Historic District of Las Vegas. Stay in a historic hotel, The Plaza or Castaneda, and see a different part of Northern New Mexico..explore someplace new, and learn what you want to know!  Las Vegas is a spectacular one hour drive through the mountains from Santa Fe. PRIVATE WORKSHOPS These are the only ones  I will be doing. An opportunity to answer the questions you want answered. Ask a friend or two to do it with you!  To contact me about doing a private workshop, for you or you and your friends, no more than three ,and you choose the dates and the topics The Las Vegas Home Studio AND the workshops listed below are to give you ideas for what you, or you and your friend, might want to do!  Email ellenkoment@gmail  or call 505-501-4620  for details and information

Ellen Koment and Encaustic

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Ellen Koment is the recipient of the LaVendeeme award for excellence in  encaustic education, as well as the 2018 Gottlieb Foundation artist grant..she has been exhibiting for many years, the last twenty five primarily in encaustic wax. See more of her work at www.ellenkomentart.com   and at a number of galleries across the country. You can't find a more knowledgeable teacher! We hope you'll join us! This is the old studio

ENCAUSTIC THEORIES AND PRACTICES: Creating a personal series

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This is about coming closer to what you as an artist want to say: Not my voice, but yours. I will help you find the tools and techniques you need to express yourself, and to create a series of paintings that reflect your creative self.    How do you come to that point of recognition? Coming to it, how do you express it..what does the painting look like?  Technically, we will cover pouring on panel and paper, creating glaze layers, line and pigment, creating movement in a painting, color and vibrancy. This workshop is open to artists with encaustic experience, or artists new to encaustic who work in other mediums.     Koment, series of panels 14" x14", encaustic on panels Each student will work on a group of paintings that will work together, that can be exhibited or seen as a series. That inform and enhance each other. We will work on a series of panels from 12” to 24”, depending on what size best suits you. By touching on the works of a number of art

LIGHT SURROUNDS US: Color and Transparency

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“It is not enough to place colors, however beautiful, one beside the other; colors must also react on one another. Otherwise, you have cacophony”.           “When I put a green, it it not grass. When I put a blue, it is not the sky.”                                                                                      Henri Matisse                      Koment, from the cover of EncausticWorks12 At the heart of working with encaustic wax, for me, is COLOR, the wonderful range of glazing possibilities. Using transparent layers of various colors to create new colors, understanding how to achieve beautiful affects with a full palette of color, whether it is soft or vibrant. Color is our most magic tool for conveying an emotional state. For me, it is at the essence of what I do as an artist. I think in color first. Whether you do or not, it is an important part of your process to learn and understand.   Color Layers on 24" panels.. We will talk about mixing our colors ,

WAX and WATER CAN MIX:

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Use this beautiful luminous watercolor medium, and use encaustic wax, with a variety of additional materials to create exciting abstract paintings. Move away from the traditional watercolor or encaustic paintings into an entirely new realm. Use watercolor: With wax as a resist, creating numerous layers for exciting affects This is an entirely new idea. How to mix wax and watercolor, mostly on paper, to expand and explore the outer reaches of each medium. Some exciting effects can be achieved. With inks to enhance and intensify. Inks have an intensity that lend an additional element, and are also sometimes a saving grace With image transfer, and mixed media. Incorporate photographic imagery, and collage materials for unusual affects Create your own abstract language, starting from familiar images, and taking it into the unknown. Explore the language of form and color, and their expressive possibilities.     STUDENT WORK FROM THE LAST WORKSHOP: All Materials except p

INTRODUCTION to ENCAUSTIC

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INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTIC  is a one day workshop suitable for artists new to encaustic as well as those with  experience who want to hone their skills, solve their problems, create a new direction, get advice,or learn some new techniques.  The workshop will cover all the basics, but will be specific to your questions  It may include information about how to make paint,about the commercial paints and their applications, about supports, grounds and techniques:  paint application, fusing, glazing, inscribing and mixed media approaches.safety, materials,demos of applying paint, fusing, How to get that smooth surface!  glazing with encaustic: getting a smooth surface! Heat control, it's the main thing! working with dry pigment, pan pastels creating several kinds of lines, and texture.  We will emphasize how these techniques can be developed  to create a unique encaustic language for each student. We will talk (and demo) about  inscribing and using dry p

INCLUDING THE PHOTO

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                This workshop is about how to transfer your images to wax, and a variety of methods for imbedding them, as well. Most importantly, it is about what to do with them once you have. This is about altering your photos, and genuinely understanding what the wax can do to help create a personal statement which incorporates photographic imagery. Incorporating photos, papers, and other resources into your encaustic painting so that a consistent and meaningful painting results. Some of the first encaustic paintings I did were encaustic based, usually with a theme and a series, I had accumulated photos for a long time, and never before knew quite what to do with them. I had photos of people in my life who had died, and then I began photographing for the paintings: The MIddle AGed Man series, and the Tattooed man. Several sisters came to a workshop together, with all their childhood images and did some wonderful work. This isn't about coating an image with wax, bu