January has brought with it a desire to retreat somewhat from the blog. There are so many things right now vying for my time. Slower than some, I have finally gotten around to thinking about how I want 2011 to shape up. Specifically, I want to spend more time in my own studio, on my personal search with wax. I will check in here but maybe not quite so often. I want to paint all the time I can now.
I'm loving being a homebody as well, teaching to very small classes of like minded others in my little studio where I have access to everything. Sharing. Exploring. All of us learning together. This weekend I hosted Meri Arnett-Kremian, Kathy Sandler, Tangie Belmore and Paula McNamee. We made good energy.
We spent two days in the wax. We shared food and encouragement. We laughed and relaxed and agreed that it was the perfect way to spend a rainy Portland winter weekend.
We painted faces from dry pigment and wax medium.
Made grids and tried various approaches.
Learned how to transfer on wax, build texture, embed and carve.
These were all done by the students in class.
We learned how to make our own color blocks of wax.
How to make wax medium with resin and beeswax.
And how to make that medium safely. I'm all about safety.
Where to buy supplies at the most reasonable prices.
How to ventilate our work area.
How to make color mixtures with oil paint, chalk pastel, dry pigments and more.
How to use the torch and what kind of torch to buy.
How to use the heat gun and when to use a torch with a larger flame.
I love to teach. I love to pass on everything I know and to see the happiness it brings to others.
Just read Cutting For Stone this week and copied this beautiful quotation into my journal. I recommend the book. A great lesson in how our every action has repercussions that ripple out and back to us.
I feel again the great wheel of change creaking and groaning as my priorities shift. I will be teaching less at the national retreats. This will likely be my last year to travel very far to teach. Home. That's where I want to focus my energies after several years of travel and outreach.
Be very well and take care of each other. xo