In Situ, Mosman

My little houses have been selected for In Situ, Mosman.  They are destined to be displayed in the window of Vernon Partners, 836 Military Road, which is quite appropriate, since Vernon Partners is a property agent.

However, you don’t need a mortgage to buy one of my houses!  The exhibition will be open from the 5th of October till the 20th October.

Some houses: Memories, Dreams, Reflections.
Some houses: Memories, Dreams, Reflections.

Warringah wax workshops

Gearing up (in more ways than one) for 5 days of wax next week at Warringah Printmakers Studio with Angela Noble. There will be two two day workshops, Encaustic Basics and Printmaking and Encaustic, and a ‘free’ day for participants to use our equipment and the studio space to develop their work. Should be hectic, exhausting and loads of fun!

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Gotta love those colours!

Introducing Encaustic: Part 5

Diptych 1 Encaustic, collaged monotypes on tissue.

Usually, prints are presented behind glass, with a matt surrounding the image and a frame enclosing the whole lot. Why struggle to achieve a beautiful surface, then put it behind glass, with its hardness and reflectivity?

I remember discovering encaustic at an exhibition in the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, some years ago. There was a beautiful Kim Westcott drypoint embedded in a glowing sensuous red wax. It was large, and unframed. I could see that potentially I could free myself from frame and glass if I explored encaustic. Encaustic is a medium entirely on its own , but it can also be used to collage prints or works on paper together, and to seal them from dust so that they don’t have to be presented behind glass. To work the wax, you can use techniques which are familiar to printmakers. Moreover, the wax can make even quite thick paper translucent, so there is an opportunity to explore the use of light. And, like in printmaking, there are lots of happy accidents. For the last few years, I have been learning as much as I can about encaustic, and have used it together with my printmaking, and alone, as a separate discipline.

Encaustic, etching ink, on wooden panel
Untitled. Encaustic painting, etching ink on wooden panel.

I can see that I have plenty of new directions to take, places to stop on my journey, before I move on again.

Only one more part to this talk to come, folks!