Encaustic Workshops


Instructors: Jude Lobe and Carol Engler
Location: Horseshoe Farm, Westfield, NC
Dates: Saturday & Sunday. September 17 & 18th, 2016.
Cost: $300. (Includes overnight accommodations, Saturday lunch & dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch)
Spend the night in the air-conditioned cabin on-site. Limited to 5 persons.
All materials will be supplied. At the end of the workshop you should have completed at least 3 works of art and a sample board.

Spend the weekend in a beautiful venue to learn encaustic painting. Spend free time hiking trails in the woods along the river and lake, cooling off in the swimming pool, and relaxing at night in the hot tub with a glass of wine.

We will have 3 sessions on Saturday with breaks for lunch and dinner. On Sunday we will begin with breakfast then have a session. After breaking for lunch, participants will have the afternoon to work on their own or enjoy the surroundings or both. If you want to hike on Sunday, a lunch bag with sandwich and drink will be prepared for you.

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Scene from walking down the trail from the cabin is this view of the lake.

What will be covered
• Materials needed to begin working in encaustics
• What type supports to use and how to prepare them
• Creating colored wax from earth pigments
• Embedding objects, fabric or paper into the painting
• Fusing layers and learning heat control
• Inscribing and making texture
• Applying alcohol ink
• Sources for supplies.

Space is limited. Small class size (usually 4 to 5 students) makes for a very personalized learning experience and students of all skill levels gain from the intimate studio environment. Due to the limited number of spaces available per class early registration is recommended to secure your spot. Cabin has 2 twin beds in downstairs bedroom, and 2 twin beds and 1 king size bed in the upstairs bedroom. It has a full kitchen if you’d like to bring snack food or extra drinks.

You will receive a Workshop pamphlet that has information about how to begin working in Encaustic, the workshop schedule and sources. At the workshop we will begin by doing a Sample Board of techniques applying textures, collage, inscribing, etc. This will be a good reference to use during the workshop and to refer to when you are home.

Please give your name and address so we can send you directions, syllabus and schedule and reminders about bringing a bathing suit if you are using the hot tub and/or swimming pool. Towels and linens will be provided. You do not need a paypal account to pay. To REGISTER or FMI: Click HERE.

Monday, February 20, 2012


CAT NAP, Acrylic painting on linen, 18X24, $585
You sometimes are quite surprised by what incidents or things that begin percolating through your brain that causes you to rush to the studio and paint, paint, paint.

I don't consider myself a cat person. I've owned only one cat my whole life. That was when I was twenty. It was a small tabby. For about a week after I had received the cat, I suffered with what I thought was a cold. Suddenly, someone from work suggested I may be suffering from an allergy to the cat and offered to cat sit my tabby for a few days. The cold went away. When the tabby returned, so did my cold. That was the one and only Cat with whom I ever shared living space.

The painting, Cat Nap, was inspired by a recent regular visitor to our yard. A while ago  a Cat visitor began greeting us each time we walked out the door of the deck. Mr. Cat was quite the conversationist. The cute male gray cat with white face who happens to be very talkative comes and walks between my legs as I travel to and from the studio. At first I was a bit concerned knowing how cats generally like stalking birds. We have a few bird and suet feeders and my husband and I both enjoy the songbirds that live around us. We will sit out on the screened in deck in the mornings and have breakfast and watch the variety of birds that visit the feeders. Birds like chickadees, catbirds, titmouse, nuthatches, flickers, downy woodpeckers, cardinals, goldfinches and so on. One day while I was sitting on a chair near the feeders, Mr. Cat Nap came up and began talking and talking. Much to my joy neither the birds nor the cat seemed very interested in each other. Thus the Cat Nap painting. My little yellow tabby showed up to stand in for the gray Mr. Cat Nap in the painting.
CATNAP is currently on exhibit at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.

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