Encaustic Conference, June 5-7, 2009

The Third Annual International Encaustic Conference drew over 200 artists from all over the world.

"Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." (George Carlin)

The immediacy and speed of this medium takes my breath away. Instead of months - I can paint an entire painting in just one day using encaustics!

"Peter and the Pooch" by Karin Wells
8" x 10" encaustic portrait on board

Encaustics are nice mini-break (for me) from oil painting. The two paintings (above and below) in this post were completed this weekend.

The indefatigable Joanne Mattera put together a unique program of speakers and panelists along with 3 different exhibits, 3 days of encaustic demonstrations and discussions, 3 post-conference days of workshops and critiques, and 6 encaustic-related vendors.

Above is the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts where the conference was held.

Hylla Evans is the founder and paintmaker of Evans Encaustics based in Sonoma, California.

Her day-long workshop on Color is amazing - no matter what medium you work in.

Jeff Schaller's demo above is expressionistic, contemporary, and painterly, with powerful brush strokes that are set instantaneously. He will be holding a workshop in Sonoma soon.

Contact: info@evansencaustics.com for information

Encaustic paints must be fused. You can see the blowtorch Jeff used in the picture above. There are many other methods of fusing.

Encaustic paint must be kept hot in order to paint. Most artists keep the temperature at 200 degrees F but Jeff keeps his at 300 degrees F because it gives him more control.

"Cherubic Banjo Player" by Karin Wells
8" x 10" encaustic on board (another one day painting)

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