I’ve changed my mind-set and I’m on a rigorous path of learning both in my creative life and in my business life.
For business I am updating my knowledge in the realm of social media, WordPress and upgrading my Adobe programs to CS5.5 to take advantage of advancements in InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Always a learning curve in the world of technology.
For my creative self who likes to dabble in various media, I started out this summer in a refresher course on handbuilding with clay to get my hands working again. I am now exploring various aspects of mixed media work and am signed up on-line art course called “Hot Wax Workshop”. The on-line aspect of it intrigues me. It involves video instruction and demonstrations, a private yahoo group to share process with other students and the whole new experience of encaustic painting.
So why explore yet another medium? It’s all part of the mix of mixed media. I saw a demo of encaustic painting at the Sooke Fine Arts Show in early August and I was smitten by the potential for texture, the layering of color and pattern, and the hands on/in way of working with the wax. Encaustic painting is an age old technique painting with heated pigmented beeswax. It has incredible potential for collage and for mixing it up with other media I have been experimenting with.
Visit Judy Wise for inspiration or maybe you’ll join me for some instruction and experimentation.