INCLUDING THE PHOTO

               

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, but about bringing the image into another dimension.

Instructions will be sent for preparing your photos when you register, as well as directions to the workshop.


From a workshop participant in Portland, OR 2011:
                                                                      
“ Image transfer is a magical process, but once engaged, the artist must imagine approximately what the desired outcome ought to be. The artist must be willing to think about layering...about the depth and clarity of the first images he/she plants on the board, and then what will go over that first image, and possibly over that middle image, all adding up to one cohesive visual experience. It vaguely resembles Baroque chamber music. The artist must also be willing to think about the possibility of entering brushstrokes of color into the mix, as well as using tints of wax as part of the entire layering process. That is not to say that spontaneity is missing, it surely is not...but having a direction is clearly a goal.

In my first experience with image transfer, I preferred to stick to black and white images (employing a variety of xeroxes in different sizes) , so that I could get my arms around the process before I jumped into what might be a complete spontaneous experience. I wanted to understand what were the aspects of the craft of the work...what made encaustic painting/image transfer essentially different from my experience with oil paint and brush. First, the material, wax, is not as responsive as oil. Nor are the colors, for the most part, as varied and intense.  That can be achieved, but with some difficulty. You need to know your way around the wax and the heat, and the tools for transfer, without the expectation that you are completely in control. At least for a very long time!”
                                                                                 Carol Isaak, Portland, Oregon, 2011

My early photo based encaustics, before I knew about image transfer, were using wax paint to conceal and reveal some of the image.

These are from the series: The Middle Aged Male Nude”.



Koment, From the “Middle Aged Male Nude Series”, 

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