Old Dog, New Tricks
When I was in college I was fascinate by the surface of encaustic. I had a hard time finding the resources to work with it. The internet was not like it is today, nor did I have a personal computer. My professors at the time didn't have the knowledge or work with encaustic. I was told to layer my paintings with thick gesso to try to emulate the texture.
It wasn't until 8 years ago that I found a class at The Creative Alliance* near where we were living at the time. It was awesome. I totally fell in love. The teacher Christine Sajecki*, a super talented encaustic artist was knowledegable, sweet and continues to be a great resource. She took the mystery out of the process and I created my own set up right away.
There was something so freeing about working in a medium that at the time I didn't consider my forte. I gave myself permission to play. Since I was a beginner I didn't have to have a mastery of the medium and I could just explore. Something amazing happens when you're learning. You stretch your muscles and your creative mind.
Now, I find myself teaching encaustic and I love it. I hope that I bring inspiration to artist to expand their own process. With each class I find myself learning more too. It's never too late to learn something new!