Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Beth's day in the studio

Beth had taken my introductory workshop a few months ago and wanted a private class to work on a special gift for her step daughter. Beth had the paper wedding invitation, 4 1/2 inches by 7 inches, She brought the invitation over yesterday so we could glue it to a prepared board and let it dry overnight. Today we worked with lots of encaustic layers, oil glazes, hot pen and stenciling. the 3D flowers are encaustic. We matched the colors from the brides bouquet. The main board was then adhered to a cradled board that had oil stain, encaustic and more stenciling. This will make a lovely, lasting gift.

Monday, November 25, 2013

I am flattered

Colleen from Minnesota has been visiting San Miguel for almost 3 weeks. We had a lovely day together for her private encaustic class. We covered many techniques including, incising, oil glazes, transfers, burnt shellac, scraping, oil pencil and most importantly Colleen used the torch for the first time. The torch seemed natural to her even though she had previously only used the heat gun.

In a private class we can really focus and also get to know one another. I asked Coleen what had brought her to San Miguel, and she said, "You." She had read my memoir, bought my online classes and wanted to experience a class with me as will as well as spend some time in this beautiful, unique town of San Miguel de Allende.

I don't think this will be her only trip here.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Ready to give more workshops

I had so much fun in last week's workshop that I decided that I am ready to offer introductory workshops again. I've had my break to do my own work and now ready to share again.

The dates for the December workshops are 9 & 10 of December - Intro and 12 & 13 Advanced techniques.

See the side bar for details.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

wonderful, one day workshop

4 delightful women from the Bay area had just one day to attend a workshop and discover the magic of encaustic painting. I crammed in as much as possible and they painted, experimented and played in the wax. I was happily surprised how much they accomplished in one day.
 I know I had fun sharing with them and I feel they also had a memorable experience.


Nancy and Ellie at work
I didn't get a photo of Nancy and her work together. She was busy sending me a PayPal payment for a painting that she bought, and I didn't catch her with her work before she left, but here are her paintings of the day.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

November workshops

Now that I am on my way with a new series, I have the energy to offer 2 advanced workshops in November:

Oil paint and encaustic

oil stained board

smooth encasutic surface with stenciling and oil glaze

Friday Nov. 15 & Sat. Nov. 16: Combing oil and encaustic: oil stained board and creative stenciling

                         Monday Nov. 18 & Tuesday Nov. 19; Painting portraits in encaustic

The price for 2 days is $220 U.S.or peso equivalent,  plus $40 material charge. I provide all materials.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    Online Encaustic Classes
Encaustic My Way 

Although I have had students from many countries participate in my encaustic workshops, not everyone can find the time to fit travel into their schedules to advance their encaustic techniques. So, now I have put together online encaustic classes that you can download when your schedule permits.

 This is an encasutic workshop like no other. I happily share my techniques that I personally teach and use. This is my way of working. 

These classes are directed to those who have had some art and encaustic experience. Beginners can also learn and experiment .
Classes are personal and detailed. It is just as if you are standing next to me in the studio during a private class. I encourage all my students to take the techiques and make them their own. I do not believe in just copying the instructor. Encaustic can take you on an exciting journey.  You can work on them on your own time.

After you receive your videos, and have questions, you can post on this blog and/or contact me at                                          
       Price: $35 for single class video
$145 for all 11 videos  
More than 5 hours of demos. Each on is about 30 minutes, some a bit longer
Click the link below

INTRODUCTION free videos
Studio tour
Life in San Miguel de Allende

Class 1
Working with drawing, translucent layers and hot pen

 Using thin coats of encaustic paint, ink and hot pen, we will layer translucent, luminous layers of medium over a white substrate, using our marks to create depth and active images.  Learn how to smooth the surface and build layer after layer to create luminosity.  Lastly, we will build raised lines with the encaustic pen to create more movement and contrast in texture.

32 minutes

                                                                Class 2
Oil paint stain under smooth encaustic surface
Like a stained canvas, we will rub oil paint on a white substrate using milk paint or encaustic gesso as a white base. Then we, manipulate, soften and change the energy of the soft colors until we have an abstract painting that satisfies us. Next, we create a flat, smooth, encaustic surface over the oil stained board. It is possible to add stenciling, raised encaustic drawing or texture or collaged dry organic materials on the smooth 

30 minutes

Class 3
Creative Stenciling
Making Stenciling an integral part of the painting instead of just laying on the surface
29 minutes

Class 4 
Transfers, oil glazes and India ink,Transfers, "secret" shellac burn

transfers, types of transfers, wax pencil and charcoal and Indian Head shellac burn

28 minutes

Class 5 
Combing oil paint and encaustic

This class will cover applying many colors of encaustic paint, and moving the paint with heat to bring up the underpaintng. We combine oil paint and encaustic, including glazing with light touches of oil paint, scraping to reveal subtle color surfaces, cutting in to revealing the deep layers, and using charcoal and wax pencil to enhance the movement of the composition.
29 minutes

Class 6
Building encaustic layers, scraping an carving
In this class, we will layer multi-colored under painting, using heat to mix and blend the paint. A final layer of single color encaustic covers most of the under painting and then the scraping and cutting reveals the diverse colors and movement
29 minutes

Class 7
Incising lines, drawing on rice paper, embedding, joss paper

We will create free form drawing with ink on thin rice paper, and imbed the paper invisibly into already Incised lines for sharp accents. Using the rice paper allows us to add detailed patterning easily. You do not have to be able to draw figuratively. You can trace or transfer an image on the encaustic and begin from there.
48 minutes
  Class 8
Creative collage

Building surface, composition, variety of surface and design with different textures and types of paper, layering, embedding , photographs, metal, and using Joss paper
42 minutes

Class 9
Building heavy, lava rock-like textures
We will build heavy layers of encaustic paint and then add deep, textured depth with water
30 minutes

Class 10
Encaustic on paper

 Using encaustic over watercolor on paper with hot pen enhancements.
First we will create a simple watercolor painting, cover it with clear encaustic medium, incise lines and add texture details with an encaustic pen. and/or paint directly on the paper, scrape, cut. and reveal the under painting.
30 minutes

Class 11
Building, molding and sculpting with encaustic

We will mold encaustic into organic shapes and attach them to the painting.
29 minutes

 I am not including painting figuratively in encaustic since I have written a detailed, step by step process in my book, Painting Portraits in Encasutic
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico is a center of culture, art, and music. This charming colonial town attracts artists in all fields. This is where I live, work and teach. I have working primarily in encaustic for 13 years and have been teaching the technique for almost 9 years. I have had hundreds of students come through my workshops in my studio/home and I have made new friends and wonderful contacts through the classes.
 I received my degree in painting many years ago and continued studying art afterwards including printmaking, welded steel, stone, bronze and wood sculpture. I have been a working artist for over 50 years. I’ve worked in the art departments of publishing companies, owned and directed 2 art galleries, and have my work in many collections. That said, I consider myself a classical artist that now is painting in encaustic.
I fell in love with the encaustic technique when I first saw it in a gallery in Portland OR. about 14 years ago. There was little technical information about encaustic that was available at that time and I learned by all my mistakes. We are fortunate that now we are practically bombarded with encaustic info, some of it wonderful and helpful, and some of it just wrong, if you are interested in making archival work.
The way I teach is to share my expertise, and unique style with you, and then I encourage you to take the technique and make it reflect who you are when you take it into your own studio. I am proud that everyone that finishes one of my classes makes work that has their own distinctive voice. Take a look at some of the work from my students on my blog.
Although these 12 downloadable classes are directed at artists who have some experience in encaustic painting, a novice can gain inside information and lift their encaustic paintings to a higher, more advanced level. Join me in my studio as I demonstrate the joy of creating beautiful encaustic paintings. I won’t be covering many of basic the techniques that you can learn on YouTube, but you follow along with me at your pace and discover that beauty and excitement can be found working in encaustic.
My book, Painting Portraits in Encaustic is available for purchase:

I have 2 other books on Blurb - one of images of my abstract encaustic paintings and the other is figurative painting in encaustic. They are both available for sale.,
My online magazines show my most recent encaustic work and the latest workshops.

With over 50 years as a working artist, I have chosen my favorite techniques in encaustic painting.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Advanced classes

I have received some requests for advanced workshops in November and for next year. I will give a workshop for a minimum of 3 people and maximum of 5. For these classes, I will want to communicate with the participants and understand the direction of the techniques that are of interest. My videos show 11 different techniques, but I would like to concentrate on one or two in the workshops. It is more helpful not to scatter your creativity and work to perfect your work.

I am always happy to work personally in a private class. That way you can have my full attention and help. A lot can be learned in one day. Several private students have been interested in painting figuratively in encaustic. One person, just wanted to watch me work for a day, so I can design a class just for you.

I will offer an advanced workshop Nov. 4 & 5. That is just after the big Day of the Dead festivites, so if you are visiting San Miguel, you can combine your trip with an encaustic workshop and a colorful fiesta. Bring your camera.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Positive comments on the online classes

 It is rewarding to get these comments on my online encaustic classes. Check them out at:

"I have been an Encaustic artist for just 4 years. I love learning from other artists, and Ezshwan has much to offer. These tapes are great for techniques and building confidence."

" I have enjoyed all your videos and it has been worth every penny! I have learned a lot a that will keep me busy. Hopefully I can take a trip down there for a class!"

"I recently purchased your online workshop and have really enjoyed it . I want very much to try and travel to San Miguel for a private lesson. I've loved your work since finding you online.,particularly your figurative work. So look for me in the future.... You are on my wish list!"

"I'm just finishing your memoir this morning. You certainly made a great life for yourself. You had low lows, but also fantastic highs. Your videos have been one of the reasons I got into encaustic. [could not see myself without encaustics now] Will look forward to to blogs and the new book sounds something I will have to read."

"I purchased your video series and very much enjoyed the first one I viewed, Encaustic on Paper.  I read your memoir and loved that as well.
So looking forward to it that I have already started looking into a possible trip to see you in person....and maybe take a private class if possible...Thank you for the information.  I can't wait to try the stain on board technique."

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

private classes

I have had a nice response from the online classes. The comments have been great, except one person was disappointed that I mentioned that I would show taping in one video and then changed my mind during the demo. I just didn't think the painting needed it.  My videos are hosted my Vimeo, and they do not give email address of the buyers. I wish I could contact her and I would do a personal Skype session with her and make it good with her.

As soon as I finish an article for the Encaustic Art Institute's online magazine, I'll get back in the studio to start my own new work.

I will be teaching private classes, but I'm considering not doing introductory classes - at least for the time being. There are many others who are teaching the beginning workshops and I would like to work with those who are have some encaustic experience.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Online workshops

I am taking time off from teaching in my studio and have created online encasutic workshops. Not everyone can take the time to visit beautiful San Miguel de Allende and although I have been invited to travel to other places to teach, I have everything at my fingertips in the studio and I haven't figured out how to travel with all the equipment.

If you already have had some experience in encaustic, I can share many different encaustic techniques and processes online. It was a time consuming activity. There are 11 different classes, including an introduction to my studio and life.

I  include several image examples of each technique beyond what we are working on. A supply list will be included as well as Skype conferences by appointment.

List of classes that will be offered:
  1. Hot pen drawing over layers of encasutic
  2. Oil stained board , covered with smooth encasutic surface
  3. Creative encasutic stenciling
  4. Collage, composition and encasutic
  5. Heavy layers and carving
  6. Incising lines, drawing on rice paper to create pattern
  7.  Easy transfers and "shellac burn"
  8. Creating deep textures with water
  9. Encasutic over water color 
  10. 10 sculpting with encasutic

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Advanced encaustic techniques

We finished the 2 days advanced technique workshops yesterday, June 21.

I love how each person created their individual pieces showing their personal voices. This is something I emphasis. I share everything I know about painting in encaustic. After the lengthy demo, the workshop attendees can examine my home/studio/gallery that is filled with my paintings. I am happy to share whatever techniques, I use, but always say, "I give you the technique, now make it your own."

Note how everyone's work is completely different. When I see that, I know I have succeeded as a teacher.

We had a wonderful time making new friends, sharing our ideas and encouraging everyone's creativity.

I have another advanced technique class scheduled July 8 & 9 and then I will take a break and begin to make my on-line classes videos. I know what classes I will cover and now to challenge myself with the technical aspects.






Monday, June 3, 2013

Dates for the June workshops: 

Monday and Tuesday June 17 &18, introduction to encaustic,full

Thursday and Friday, June 20 & 21 advanced techniques. full

July 8 & 9 , advanced techniques 3 spaces available

Saturday, April 27, 2013

First time painter

Alan is a friend of my youngest daughter and he is visiting San Miguel for 10 days. He tried his hand in encaustic painting, even though he never has painted anything in his life. I decided to dedicate his private class to the basics, creating a smooth surface and transfer. We were both most pleased with the results of a days work.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

 Carol from Knoxville took a private class for 2 days. Although she is an accomplished painter in acrylics, she had never touched encaustic before. I love doing the one-on-one teaching. We can cover so much ground. We had a great time, and I feel I made a new friend.

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