November 2013: WaxCentric Member Exhibit at SCCAC

Postcard: WaxCentric at St. Charles County Arts Council

16 WaxCentric members will be exhibiting original fine art November 2-30, at the Lillian Yahn Gallery, St. Charles County Arts Council, O’Fallon, MO. There will be a public reception on Saturday November 30, 5-7pm. Come meet the artists!

Artists in this exhibit:

  • Michael AlbersWaxCentric at SCCAC Poster
  • Laurie Blakely
  • Michael Corson
  • Julie Dubrovillet
  • Sheri Goldsmith
  • Jessica Hankins
  • Stacy Krieg
  • Cathryne Loos
  • Noemi Oyarzabal
  • Rachel Santel
  • Lisa Sisley-Blinn
  • Laura Skroska
  • Stella Spalt
  • Janet Frazee Wade
  • Linda Wein
  • Mark Witzling

For more information regarding the exhibit, please contact Lisa, waxcentric@gmail.com

October ’13 News

Happy October! Time for tricks and treats.

Trick: No October meeting due to presenter canceling. First time in our WC history, but it is not a bad thing to have more time to work on your art!

Treats: Opportunities to take advantage of yet this month. Consider  this a “mobile” meeting,  much like door to door trick-or-treating. Bags open now:

The deadline for uploading images for the WaxCentric exhibit at the St. Charles County Arts Council is today. Upload images and information to either of these locations, whichever is easier: http://www.meetup.com/WaxCentric/photos/17659142/, or, http://www.meetup.com/WaxCentric/files/.  A copy of the exhibit application, CFA9-30-13 is here: http://files.meetup.com/3454072/CFA9-30-13.docx. If you need help, email me: Lisa, waxcentric@gmail.com.

Quick Reference:

  • Submit up to 6 images.
  • October 1-21. Online image submission
  • If you cannot come on Saturday, November 2, drop off work with Julie S. at her studio this week on Monday and Friday from 10-4. Call first. I will pick work up from her and hang it for you.
  • November 2. Saturday, 10am-1pm. Hang exhibit (bring a hammer)
  • November 30. Closing Reception 5-7pm, take down exhibit
  • Entry fee: $15.00. Bring Nov. 2 with exhibit application.
  • SCCAC will handle all sales with a 20% commission.
  • Art submissions must use some form of wax either in the process of creation, or in the final piece (encaustic, cold wax, crayon, …)
    **See the application for all details: http://files.meetup.com/3454072/CFA9-30-13.docx

More …

1. Things to do:

2. Workshops:

  • VLAA. 2 more workshops in the current Business Edge series: “MARKETING BASICS & PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATION Monday, Oct. 28 (7:00 to 9:30 p.m.)”, and, “YOUR ART, YOUR BRAND: AN ARTIST’S GUIDE TO BEING NOTICEABLE AND GETTING NOTICED Monday, Nov. 11 (7:00 to 9:30 p.m.).” $10 each in advance; $15 at the door. Info and registration form here: http://vlaa.org/?view=Workshops
  • News from Nikki D. May in Paducah: “Crystal Neubauer, an awesome artist from Chicago, is going to be in Paducah November 8 and 9th doing a two day encaustic and collage workshop. She’s worth a trip from STL!!” https://ephemerapaducah.worldsecuresystems.com/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=17786

3. CFA (call for art):

4. Articles on WC blog: https://waxcentric.wordpress.com/

5. Other Blogs:

6. Recent news:

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Nov. 2 to hang work at SCCAC, and on Nov.  30. Closing Reception 5-7pm, take down exhibit.

Guest Post: Mark Witzling

Welcome to 2013!

Mark Witzling is our first guest writer in this new venue for the WaxCentric blog.
Thank you Mark!

At Creation. 24″ x 30.” Mixed media (cold wax and oil) on Panel

I was asked to write a brief blog post about my art.  I will start by saying that writing and talking about my art is incredibly challenging for me, which is surprising given that in business I am a marketer and known for my ability to communicate.  I think in some way that talking about the artwork itself somehow detracts from the work, limiting the work from speaking for itself by framing a context for the viewer.  Having now said that, here is a bit of an explanation about my experience as an artist.
I did not start painting until I was in my 40’s.  My college education was focused on economics, political science and communications and my graduate work is all business.  My wife and I went on a vacation to Italy and I found myself mesmerized by the artwork in Rome and Florence.  I had been to plenty of museums at home but had never seen art in the locations it was intended to be seen.  I wanted to now how it was done, and this led to some art lessons. I then committed to painting at least once a week, and have been doing so ever since.
I still paint representational works, mostly landscapes, in oils as a way to keep learning the craft of painting although my passion has shifted toward abstract work which I find more energetic and exciting as a work discovers itself.  My abstract work uses primarily a cold wax and oil  technique which allows addition and removal of layers.  In this approach I am striving to create visually appealing experiences which create an emotional response in the viewer.  For me, painting is a process that serves as a release -a way to express my personality in a different way.  If that results in a response with a viewer that’s great. It does not need to create the same response for everyone.
I have just created a website, www.markwitzlingart.com, to show my abstract work and welcome comments and suggestions.
Notes from the 1/13 WaxCentric Meeting/Demo:
Cold wax comes from several sources, including Dorland’s and Gamblin, or you can make your own.  The website www.coldwaxpainting.com is the best online resource for information.
Mark W. Cold Wax Demo. WaxCentric Jan. 2013.

Mark W. Cold Wax Demo. WaxCentric Jan. 2013.

Generally, cold wax is mixed with traditional oil paints. I use about a 50/50 mixture but various mixtures create different effects, so experiment. I paint on gessoboard but many surfaces will work, just be sure the surface is strong enough to support the wax layers once it dries.

Many materials can be used to create lines, marks, and effects. Oil sticks, straight tube oil, powdered pigments, etc. all work.  Marks can be made with things like sticks, brushes, sponges, plastic, waxpaper, and newsprint.  Charcoal, gold leaf, found objects, rice paper,stencils (Stencil Girl products!), collage items all can be used.  Spreading the paint: multiple tools can be used. Brayers (rollers), scrapers, palette knives, and even credit cards. Pastry scrapers (used in baking) can work well.
One of the key approaches that can be used in cold wax painting is to build up multiple layers and then work back into the lower layers by scraping or using solvents (we used Gamsol odorless mineral spirits in the session but many other solvents will work.)

More photos from the demo on the WaxCentric MeetUp site: http://www.meetup.com/WaxCentric/photos/12601762/

Welcome Artists Who Use Wax!

Front Page:
Link to Current EAI Online Magazine.  Read on …
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Meet at ArtMart: Mark Witzling Cold Wax Demo

Open meeting! Non-members welcome.

Come watch Mark Witzling  give a demonstration of how he uses cold wax and oil paint to  create  his beautiful abstract paintings. See Mark’s work online: http://www.markwitzlingart.com/

There will be an opportunity to participate. Some oil paints and cold wax medium will be available to use. You may also bring your to use. Please either bring or buy a small canvas or board at ArtMart to paint on. (There is no fee.)

Cold wax medium is used with oil paint, so bring wax paper, or something to carefully wrap your piece to take home with you.

For more information email Lisa at waxcentric@gmail.com

When:

Sunday, January 13, 2013
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Where:

Artmart
2355 South Hanley Road, Saint Louis, MO

WaxCentric Blog: https://waxcentric.wordpress.com/
WaxCentric MeetUp: http://www.meetup.com/WaxCentric/
(Membership is free! Meetings average 1 time per month.)
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Blog articles written about the 6th International Encaustic Conference. Provincetown, MA. 2012

7th International Encaustic Conference
Keynote Speaker: Barbara O’Brien
May 31-June 2, 2012.
Pre-Conference Workshops: May 28-30
Post Conference Workshops: June 3-5
Get a head start on information: http://encausticconference.blogspot.com/

Encaustic Arts Online Magazine (PDF)

Download  the magazine (PDF) : the current issue of the EAI’s online magazine. Always a good read.

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Do you have ideas? Resources? Work to show? Let me know in a comment!