I signed up for a class with artist Ivy Newport called "Whimsical Portraits and Dreamy Landscapes", Which teaches her style of encaustic art. Encaustic art is art which uses hot beeswax and pigments.
I am in love with this medium (so far). I have only used it once, but the process and result was amazing. The actual activity for this lesson was to create a portrait underneath-I started one, but was having a really hard time-my inner critic was torturing me-which is surprising because I do a lot of portraits. I think it was that my inner perfectionist wanted everything to be perfect for this new medium. So I took a break from my original portrait and turned to a digital photo that I altered into digital art and used it as my base. That way my brain could relax and just experiment and wow!
I couldn't sleep last night because I was so excited thinking of all the possibilities of this medium. I love that it can be used with what I already do, or as a way to refresh it . This medium is really calling to me-it feels like something I can make my own. My goal over the next half of the year is to really deepen my artistic practice. I feel as though I have cut down on the classes I sign up of-unless they are something I feel will deepen my own practice and my emerging style. I titled this post 'melts my heart' because at each layer of wax I could feel this medium in my soul. Each layer made me go oooh and aahhh, and what if I try____. I can't wait to experiment and learn more about this medium. I don't know why, but it just feels like me-lets so how this adventure goes.
(Above is my encaustic piece which is 5x7, below is the original photo.)
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.