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.


      OCT 20,21,22:        BEHIND THE LAYERS: Color and Transparency  

Dec 8,9,10 : Fri, Sat, Sun, ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS
Including one day of incorporating the photo
One day of Color and Transparency (small pours)
And discussions of your personal and career objectives


1-3 people, 1-3 days, a really great way to get your questions answered, on dates that work for you.
email me about it

COMING SOON: "HOT WAX - COLD WAX", watch for dates!

March 18-24, 2018 right before the fantastic Easter week in Spain
EncausticSpain website CLICK HERE

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, OCTOBER 20,21,22

“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 are included except panels and paper, a list of optional items will be provided upon registration . fee $ $50. materials fee


With this workshop I plan to address three distinct areas:

1. Including the photograph, with image transfer, and photo insertion .

The conversation is about how to make a meaningful statement using photographic to alter photographs, how to use that language to express yourself


2. Color and Transparency: The use of color, glazing and color as an emotional force, including "small pours" on panels, consideration of the use of multiple layers of transparent color, adding color as accents, and achieving a statement with color.

  Cover Image: "EncausticWorks 2012"

3. Your artistic and professional career, and I separate them because they may not be one and the same.. What do you want to achieve as an artist, and how do you get it out into the world?

workshops in the Santa Fe studio

This workshop is open to artists with encaustic experience, or artists new to encaustic who work in other mediums.

Day goes from 10-4, 
All materials except panels are provided, although students will be given a list of optional items . Three days: $485. plus $50. materials fee


In October, 2015 and Feburary 2016 we had great trips and wonderful experience for ten artists from around the world, for the instructors, and for those who came as guests. We painted every day, ate fabulous Spanish lunches together. and toured the museums, cathedrals and highlights of Malaga. And we are doing it again ! This time, right before the amazing Spanish Easter week, so that you can come for the workshop and stay for the festivities!


Our explorations of the city and its surroundings will provide inspiration for our studio time. We will work on paper and panels, exploring the encaustic medium as it allows us to express our reactions to local experiences. We will cover all the encaustic basics but also explore a variety of exciting new techniques. This workshop is appropriate for beginning to advanced encaustic artists. 

Koment has been exhibiting her encaustic paintings nationally for twenty years, now in Telluride, CO, Dallas, TX, WAshington DC and  Santa Fe. She is a graduate of Cooper Art School in NYC, and has a Masters degree in painting from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching encaustic for 18 years.

Belén is a Spanish-born artist who will share her passion for Spanish art and culture.  She has a long professional trajectory in the NY advertising industry. A graduate of MHC and Columbia U, she pursued graduate art studies at Hunter College, Art Students League and the Woodstock School of Art. Belen has been working with wax and mixed media for over 10 years, exhibiting in the US and Europe.

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