My orb panel - the final product in today's post-conference workshop, Off the Wall: Encaustic in Three Dimensions, with Miles Conrad.
Miles put on his usual wonderful workshop. I really loved playing in wax all day with different materials and seeing the unexpectedly beautiful products we made.
Our class orb installation
Each of us made about 10 orbs from various materials that Miles provided. After our first few experiments, we each chose one piece and then we hung them in a grid and arranged them into an installation. The point was to get us to see how well these pieces work as multiples and also to notice how color, shape and volume play off each other in these pieces.
I had a wonderful time in the class chatting with friends and experimenting. I could tell you lots more about it and show you pictures, but I've been burning the candle at both ends and I'm nearly extinguished, so I'm calling it a day. Tomorrow I'm taking my final workshop with Francisco Benitez, Homage to Fayum, in which he demonstrates the encaustic painting techniques used in the ancient Fayum portraits, and we learn how to make contemporary paintings using those techniques and paint colors. I know it will be fabulous. Tomorrow I will not have a chance to post because I am driving back home right after the workshop so you will have to wait until Wednesday to get the final report.
Meanwhile I am leaving you with a fabulous image of Miles Conrad and a friend of his.