I've just remember I haven't told you about the last 2 day workshop I did on encaustic collage.
This combined my love of collage with trying wax, so of course, I had to sign up!
I decided I would do an abstract using a beach sunset as inspiration. I also thought I would not use any paint (apart from a quick under painting), and all the collage pieces would be rectangular - I do like to challenge myself!
I used watercolour paper, which with hindsight is not really robust enough for adding a lot of wax. When I cut it off the support board it becomes quite difficult to handle. I need to think about what kind of frame to put it in.
The wax we used was a mix of beeswax and Damar resin, which strengthens the beeswax.
After doing a quick watercolour under painting, I started cutting up various bits and pieces, including speciality papers, cardboard, fabric, hessian, bookprint, and laid them out as my initial thoughts on construction.
Finally, after several layers of wax, and a few more additions - including orange for the sunset reflection, and a rockpool (bottom left) using seed beads and abalone shell, I finished with some gold paint through a fossil fish stencil. You will have to enlarge the picture to see them properly.
I liked using the wax as it provides another dimension, but I need to get to grips with the technique a bit better!
This week I had a day trip to Charleston and Farley Farm - fabulous day!
Charleston, home from 1916 to Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, was the country retreat for the group of artists, writers and thinkers known as the Bloomsbury group.
I loved this house, and wanted to move in immediately. Every room was decorated by the artists, with murals on all the furniture, fireplaces and walls. It had a beautiful atmosphere, and the studio was to die for!
Not allowed to take any photos inside so if you want to explore further I'm sure Google will help.
Then on to Farley Farm, which in 1949 became home to Roland Penrose, Surrealised artist, and Lee Miller, American model, photographer and WW2 correspondence.
... and full of modern sculpture.
I was quite taken with this one - Sky Seed
by Mark and Rebecca Ford (2017).
I bought a couple of books and some postcards.
I was fascinated by the stories regarding the Bloomsbury Group, so I'm going to get some books from the Library and have a good read!