A couple of years ago, when I was just beginning to explore the word of encaustics (working with melted beeswax, damar resin and color pigments), I took several short workshops to get a feel for the materials, to learn about safety issues and setting up a studio, and to explore the possibilities of this medium. One of those workshops was with photographer and mixed-media artist Clare O'Neill, who offers an online course as well as on-site workshops in various locations.
I have continued to follow Clare and her work, as I really like what she's doing. She also has a great blog on photo encaustic processes. Apparently, she kept up with what I was doing, as well. (She's good about that with her students.) Recently, she reached out and asked if she could interview me for her newsletter and blog. This was different for me. As a former magazine editor, I'm usually the one asking questions. But it was fun, and the interview posted this week. Here is Clare's introduction:
You know when you’ve been told something over and over that you just blindly believe it? Well, that is exactly what happened as I was first learning and was told that black/dark images are not suitable for encaustic. That the black of the image would become muddled with the addition of medium and just look cloudy. OK. Great. I won’t work with images that have loads of black.
Then along comes Lee Anne White and she destroyed that theory. I was mesmerized when I first saw her work. What was she doing? She proved “them” wrong (whoever “they” are….). Black images DO work beautifully with encaustic, you just have to know how to treat them.
It was also Lee Anne who introduced me to the beautiful world of pan pastels. It’s one of the reasons I love teaching….sometimes I learn as much from my students as I think they learn from me.
It's one of the reasons I love teaching, too. Students share things and don't even know they are doing it! Anyhow, I hope you'll hop on over to Clare's blog and check out the interview itself. While you are there, be sure to explore the site and take a look at Clare's portfolio. It is sure to please!