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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cold Wax Report


Here is some of the class work from the Cold Wax Group that met at Atelier SE over the weekend. Many of the attendees were members of the local encaustic group and so the transition to cold wax for them was a snap. We all got messy.


We only had two days together so many of our pieces were unfinished but it was impressive how many layers we were able to get down and I think these images speak for themselves regarding the high level of work that emerged.


I love to come to the classroom early and get everything prepared well in advance. The quiet room. Waiting. It's a time when I align myself with my intention to encourage. We all have the ability. We just need the courage.




















Sometimes we undervalue the work we produce. 


A couple of years ago when I was facing one particular surgery that could have left me without the ability to create any longer, I walked through my studio and realized with surprise that everything I had made was suddenly holy. Maybe the last things I would ever make.


It puts things in a new light.


Suddenly you think about the time you wasted being critical of your work, your love of materials, your sincere efforts to give.


Really. The futility of being so hard on yourself.




We ate lunch right next door both days. Sharing our thoughts over lunch was another precious experience. 




























It was all so beautiful. Thank you dear friends for joining me as we explored in unison. Paint, color and expression. It lifts me over every difficulty, it surely does. xo

26 comments:

dogwood house studios said...

Hope to join you for your next "Cold Wax" intensive, Judy...I really want o dive into this!

carlanda brown williamson said...

love these photos! i want to take a class with you someday! xoxo

Ruth Armitage said...

I am so sorry to have missed this Judy! I hope you will offer it another time :)

Kathryn said...

These look great, love all the images. Sounds like it was a great class.

Dayna Collins said...

It was SUCH a fabulous class, Judy. Thank you.

Kate I said...

I LOVE this work Judy. I feel so inspired and would love to take this class...I do hope you will offer it again.

Fifty2pickup said...

judy,
these are beautiful works. what a wonderful workshop- a beautiful space, wise words and good food. I'd love the opportunity to workshop with you again! Beverly

~*~Patty S said...

Such a beautiful post in every way...
thank you for sharing on so many levels...
it's most inspiring
and
you have me very curious about cold wax after seeing these amazing works of art!
Brightest of Blessings All Ways
oxo

Gwen said...

really, seriously beautiful work. I would love to learn this, too.

huntla1 said...

So would you find me totally annoying and unfriend me on Facebook if I asked for an online class in cold wax AND polymer clay? Just trying to see how much I can push the envelope! Lovely work! Hugs, Laurie

Marit said...

Breathtaking art here on your blog today Judy! I wish I lived in the US, I would love to take a class!

ersi marina said...

Such beautiful work, each and every one of them! I can't stop looking at them. I wish I could join those classes.

Dawn E. Shepherd Nguyen said...

everything is so beautiful Judy -thank you for sharing.
-Dawn

katie said...

Beautiful and interesting work - it looks like it was a big hit, but of course, your classes are always "the bomb"!

Kathy said...

Beautiful work and beautiful words. Bravo!

Virgsprout said...

Thanks so much Judy! I'm so glad I had the chance to experiment with this technique. Thanks for giving us your weekend!

Bren said...

Lots of beauty, lots of talent, lots of inspiration. Thank you!

Ann Marie said...

Beautiful post Judy, and beautiful artwork.

Jennifer White said...

Such. Amazing. Work! When I move to Portland, I will be an attendee in your class... xoxox

kim beller said...

these are beautiful~ you are SO inspiring....
i can't wait to play with wax and see you again~
lovely.....
xo

Marie Danti said...

thanks so much for posting all of this marvelous work! I am experimenting with the oil and cold wax on my own in Boulder Co. The photos really help me to see what is possible. (Anyone know anyone else who is doing this in Boulder????)
I would sign up for an online course!

Adrianne in Portland said...

No, that doesn't look like fun. Not at all.

Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.
Also, thanks for the restaurant tip!

Amanda said...

Oh Judy, how I wish I could have joined you. Just getting this little glimpse into the class has brought such inspiration and joy.

Parabolic Muse said...

Judy, you are SO right. We devalue ourselves. We always need to be humble (IMHO) and realize we have much more to learn and to push ourselves even more... but. The work we bring forth is sacred to the spirit of human creativity. All of us can inspire and bring beauty to others. We doubt ourselves so much sometimes that we share tentative shards of ourselves instead of embracing the whole of us and our energies. I don't mean to pontificate, but your words and artworks here just hit a spot with me. Kindness to ourselves is as important as kindness to others. And no one needs to learn this as much as I do!

Unknown said...

"everything I made was holy" was a good reminder I must have been meant so see today, as I have not been keeping up posting on my blog or reading other artist blogs for months now. And here I am getting this message and seeing the fantastic art you posted. Artists sharing together is also a great thing, the friendships, sharing, learning and inspiration. Wish I could have been there too!

Liz Hampton-Derivan Studio said...

Unknown was me. I was signed in to wrong email account. Guess I haven't blogged or commented in a while:)
enjoyed your mother/daughter day post too.