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encaustic class


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It seems true that we are never too old to learn something new. Encaustic painting is an ancient art form. The art form uses melted waxes painted onto a sturdy surface. Various materials are used to change the consistency and colors.

On Sunday, I took a class with a small group meeting in a  studio-gallery, one of many built behind the renovated Loveless Cafe, Nashville. I am embarrassed to think that I live very close to this historic site and was visiting  after many years (and the food is exceptional).

This medium was taught by Judy Klich. She has specialized her art education in encaustic. After demonstrating a few varieties of methods and the safety tips, she let us go. I think we all agreed it was informative and fun. Thanks, Toni!

I always wanted to learn how to do this, and needed the push of an instructor, materials to play with and a congenial group. The two photos above document where I started. We shall see where this leads.

Who knew?

Most art forms use the same principles. Composition, color, design, texture…each in moderation for success. Best of all is the work, the sharing, the learning.

Event upcoming – January 12 – February 10, 2013

Twitter art exhibit: Los Angeles is the third version of an international twitter postcard sale to support a local charity in the area of the show. This one accepts handmade-painted – postcards from professional and amateur artists. It is free to enter and unsold cards will be given to the organization to use as they see fit.

I have submitted four postcards. Deadline for entry is January 4, 2013. All of the details are on twitter or I can email them if you are not able to find the information.

Metallic watercolor

Metallic watercolor

Calm Sea

One of the cards.

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"In the Beginning"

How’ you doing?

I am feeling just fine, thank you.

"It felt like Sunday"
Birthday Decadence

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"Looking toward Fisk University"

The Shadow

Larsen Home, Front View
For details see Nella Larson written by Thadious Davis

"Little Theater, Fisk U.
Made using former slave quarters

"The Johnson House"
Built by Sinclair Oil for the Johnsons

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An example of work by Wade Guyton Untitled (20...

An example of work by Wade Guyton Untitled (2008) Epson UltraChrome Inkjet prints on linen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Carl Van Vechten Art Gallery

Noble Sissle photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, ...

Noble Sissle photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, photographer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wade Guyton was a featured artist in this Sunday’s New York Times Arts section. His evolving as an artist who designs on the MAC computers and prints his works out on the largest inkjet printer made by Epson.

It is always fascinating to learn about art as process and innovation through the growth of the individual. Guyton hails from a small place in TN. (Lake City) and yet has quickly become an artist to watch.

Who knew?

As late as the 1980s, art associations and museums grappled with “Is photography ART?”  It was impossible to exhibit paintings and photographs in the same association. There was passion on both sides. This was long before manipulation using the computer.  The blogs today post works that are light years past that period. Shoot and print is enhanced in the cameras leaving the clarity and beauty of black and white landscapes (Ansel Adams) and portraits (Carl Van Vechten) as antiques and collectables. The resurgence of typewriters by texters may bring back an appetite for film.

The history of art defines innovators who contributed to new schools of art. Guyton’s explorations are being viewed in this category.

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Carl Van  Vechten was a New York photographer who had many friends in the Harlem Renaissance. He became a friend of Fisk University through artists like Aaron Douglas and Georgia O’Keeffe. The former gymnasium, now an art museum, is named for him.

One can live in a place like New York and never know this unique history.

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Weather report
Sun streaming in my house
“It will be a good day”
Temperature in the 70s
Sounds good to me.

In the car
Dark cloud hovering
just ahead.

where are you?
What do you see?
It looks like rain
to me.

The BIG number
NASA reports only 26 pieces of space junk are expected to hit earth tomorrow afternoon. If it misses North America, as now reported, should we be concerned? The impact still will be a worry to people living in other places.

Who knew?
The latest printers will give the news on your computer. You can print out daily suduko puzzles and horoscopes. There are coloring and scrapbook pages to print. Young children may be able to push the button and entertain themselves while eating breakfast. It will be interesting to see what is next? Perhaps pancakes and syrup while the parents sleep-in. (more…)

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