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Discover how to create mixed media paintings using photographic imagery, beeswax, oil pigments, collage and text. Beeswax is a forgiving medium that can be altered erased and enhanced as an artist desires. No prior encaustic experience necessary. Students will be asked for a digital photo file, which will be professionally printed on Hahnemuhle paper. A supply fee of $25 will be paid directly to the teacher at the start of class. This workshop is for students aged 15 and over. * Please note, students registered less than 3 days before the start of class will be responsible for bringing their own black and white inkjet photo to work on.
“I am a portrait artist and I photograph primarily women, and then embellish the photographs with layers of beeswax, colored wax, painting and drawing. Adding wax for texture and color for mood changes the black and white photographs. I use paper as an extension of my skin; I pull it and peel it, a wash it, paint it, tear it and draw on it. Wax embellishes and veils the nudity of my subjects and I draw to decorate and control the image. The ability to layer mediums and constantly change appearance and texture allows me to stray from reality and reach the playground of imagination. I am interested in images from nature and designs that have floral and intricate forms.” – Leah Macdonald
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