work on paper

work on paper
"Color Emerges" wax/paper 30"x22"


Ellen Koment has been working with encaustic, and exhibiting it for 20 years. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious La Vendeeme award for excellence in Encaustic Education. So we can assure you of a complete experience, learn the best encaustic practices within the context of a professional consideration of your work and your goals.

    Join me in my beautiful light filled studio in a stone schoolhouse for an unforgettable experience. Learn, work, and enjoy your fellow artists.

Take advantage of Early Bird Feb 15!!

BEHIND THE LAYERS: Color and Transparency  March 25-26

WAX and WATER CAN MIX  One or Two Days: April 22-23
              Day one: wax and watercolor
              Day 2: water based encaustics

 A Comprehensive Encaustic Painting Workshop   MAY 19, 20,21  

Creating a personal series.    JULY 10-13 

Come for a workshop, and see all that Santa Fe has to offer..galleries, museums, and of course the fantastic landscape.

BEHIND THE LAYERS: Color and Transparency, March 25-26

“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, tryptich on paper 30" x 68"
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 meotional 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.

We will talk about mixing our colors, whether from commercial paints , dry pigments, or oil paints. Getting them to the place where they will do all that they can do. Where we can glaze, whether by brush or pouring, to create a harmonious and beautifl color experience.

We will consider what glazing can do for us, and how to achieve beautiful glaze affects.

And how to most effectively apply the paints to achieve our goals, whether by small pours or brushing.

Create a multi layered paintings in a variety of ways.. Using transparent layers, or poured layers, with a variety marks to help separate them, to help give them depth and beauty. Understanding that color is all about relationships. How colors affect each other, and what happens when they overlap each other.

Ellen Koment taught Color Theory at the College level for many years.  
ALl materials included except panels and paper, a list of optional items will be provided upon registration . $450.

WAX and WATER CAN MIX: April 22-23, do one day or two!

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.
  • ON Day two, be introduced to the new water based encaustics! Combine it all.


All Materials except panels will be provided, a few optional items will be possible. One Day $250, both days: $450

ALL ABOUT ENCAUSTIC: A Comprehensive Encaustic Workshop . May 19, 20, 21

This three day workshop in my quiet light filled encaustic studio, with views of the mountains,  is the perfect opportunity to take three days for yourself, to focus on your work, and take it to the next level. 

The workshop will cover all aspects of Encaustic Painting You will learn basic techniques or refresh and refine existing skills. This 3 day workshops provides hands-on experience, a full range of topics, with time for skills to develop. We cover safe practices, grounds and substrates, fusing with torch, or heat gun. Additional techniques include: transparency, glazing, building texture, smooth surfaces, layering, mark making, small pours, collage, stencils, image transfers and more! Discussions include developing the work's content and finding your unique voice with the medium. Also covered: Setting up your encaustic studio, tips for working larger, shipping, and care of encaustic works. Students will leave inspired and prepared to continue on their own with confidence. 

This workshop is open to artists at all levels.  No prior experience with encaustic is needed!

We will discuss the preparation of the panels, taking your drawings or sketches to the panel, and finishing. In addition, a variety of new techniques will be introduced. We will discuss the creative process, and how to do what you really want to do.  We will talk about creating depth in your paintings with multiple glaze layers, how to make a variety of new and exciting marks between layers as well as using marks as drawing. We will cover image transfer and the incorporation of photographic imagery, and introduce the new water based encaustic paints.

For more experienced encaustic painters, this will be an opportunity to enhance your work with a variety of new techniques. Individual instruction and criticism will help you move your encaustic painting to a new level.

You will leave with a printout containing all the information you need as well as a list of suppliers.

All materials except panels are included, including a wide variety of paints and tools. Each student will receive information about where to stay and what to do during their time in Santa Fe!


ENCAUSTIC THEORIES AND PRACTICES: Creating a personal series JULY 10-13

This workshop 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?

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 artists in various mediums, we will try to come closer to understanding what your source is, by looking at what theirs were. What are your resources, what touchés you, what do you want to say?

It isn’t about techniques as an end, but at technique as a means toward what you want to achieve. However, we will also review or introduce a variety of techniques. We will talk about color, about transparency, layering, line,collage and the inclusion of photographic imagery, mark making and the small pour. and a variety of tools of expression..

Limit: ten students, Day goes from 10-4, with an hour before and after available in the studio. All materials except panels are provided, although students will be given a list of optional items . Four days: $875.

What people have to say about the workshops:

"Ellen your workshop changed my life!" Shawna Moore, encaustic artist

I just wanted to share some happy news. I finished a piece for the O'Keeffe docent exhibition last week and have attached a pic here. Sooo scary but fun and I had 3 offers to buy it!! I'm working on a series called 'The Illusion of Perfection'...this first piece was created with image transfer (some of my favorite vintage lace, silk), oil pigment, incision, etc....combining technique I learned from both you and Shawna Just wanted you to know your inspiration and teachings are 'out there' influencing many and bringing me great joy! Thank you with all my heart. Vickie Fleming

"You have been very encouraging to me and I appreciate you sharing your knowledge so generously. You are still the best teacher around and I continue to recommend you to all. It has been important for me to take what you taught and spend time in my studio to find my unique expression and to make it my own." Martha Rea Baker, artist, workshop participant

"Ellen is an experienced and talented artist with superior knowledge and expertise whose personalized workshops in Santa Fe are the best way to learn the ancient technique of wax encaustic painting." Sherry Bloom, artist, co-owner, "The Wooden Cow Gallery"

"Ellen Koment was one of the first encaustic artists in Santa Fe and the medium has seen an explosion of interest ever since. Her workshops discuss all aspects of encaustic painting from its past history and recent popularity."Brent Hanfli, Santa Fe Creative Tourism

What is Wax Encaustic Painting?

Wax Encaustic is an ancient medium that has experienced a contemporary Renaissance. Encaustic Painting was practiced by Greek Artists as far back as the 5th century BC. Legend has it that the Greeks applied coatings of wax and resin to waterproof their ships, and that this led to pigmenting the wax for decoration. Homer talks about the painted ships of the Greek warriors at Troy.

The technique of Wax Encaustic Painting involves applying layers of pigmented wax, which are then fused together with heat. The word encaustic comes from the ancient Greek, meaning to burn in. This glazing process allows a depth and richness of color to be achieved. For me the glory of working in wax has been the discovery of what it can do that other mediums can’t. Any observer can appreciate the extraordinary effects of depth and luminosity that can be achieved, the wonderful sense of transparency that you can play with, the richness of textural possibilities, these are the obvious. Less apparent, perhaps, is the involvement with the process itself. The sheer love of beautiful natural materials, the completion of the process by sealing it with fire. The magic of involvement with an ancient art.

Koment, encaustic on panels

Koment, encaustic on panels

"Desert Breezes"

"Desert Breezes"
"Desert Breezes", a dyptich, each panel 16" x 50", available at the Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe

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