Monthly Archives: March 2017

My bliss

I woke up early that morning

The sun, filtering through the blinds woke me up…it is going to be a good day I thought. I spend a few hours in the early hours of the morning cooking up a fest for my guests of the day. Nothing better than the lovely sweet scent of a carrot cake filling the house to make me happy in the morning.  Yet today was not a cooking class…today I was about to facilitate an encaustic workshop with people who already knew a thing or two about the encaustic process. I felt a bit nervous. I have done many encaustic workshops for beginners…but this time, my guests have experience in the medium…what if…I brushed my doubts with a wave of my hand and sips on my second coffee, bathing in the sunshine before their arrival.

The day went swimmingly, and I felt rather foolish having doubts. As soon as they arrived and after a lovely coffee sitting outside in the sun catching up like old friends, they just got on with creating, each having a very clear idea of what they wanted to achieve during the day. I shared some techniques, and they kept going, almost forgetting I was there. What a delight this was to witness my passion for this amazing medium, stretching to  the participants, each trying to make every minutes of this time spent in my workshop, enjoyable, each lost in that in-between space which is creativity, each amazing finished works filling the steps outside for all to see.


Spending time in my workshop on my own is one of the most valuable moment in my world. Yet I have to carve this time for me, each and every day. There is always something else to do, a friend calls to offer trip to the sea, another offering to pop over for tea and natter. Yet, I very often need to be firm with my boundaries and stand to temptation. Each day spend in the workshop, alone with myself, fills me with bliss and help satiate my hunger for creation, a week or two without that, and I become restless. I guess setting fire to my painting as a daily job, does help a lot.


Yet, I do enjoy my monthly workshops, when I opened my door to otherartists,art enthusiasts, coming to my space to create, learn and share. It does feed me and inspire me. I found my groove, a careful balance between a solitary wolf lifestyle by choice and a socialite and this make me deliriously happy.






I have a few workshops coming up this Spring; on the 29th April for advanced encaustic techniques, and the 13th May for beginners at my studio, by the shores of Lough Derg, County Clare. Drop me a line for bookings or info at


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Encaustic workshops with Isabelle Gaborit


Are you intrigued or curious about encaustic painting, an ancient painting process using pigmented molten beeswax?

Are you art enthusiast wanting to discover a new versatile creative process in an intimate studio setting?

Then join Isabelle for an encaustic workshop, in her studio located on the beautifully scenic shore of Lough Derg, close by Williamstown Harbour, County Clare, an ideal backdrop for creating atmospheric artworks in a relax and inspiring environment.

you will then have the opportunity to discover the fascinating art of Encaustics, an ancient painting process using molten beeswax, resins and natural pigments and meet the artist at work.


Art Classes for everyone: absolute beginners and developing artists alike.


Encaustic materials


During her workshops, Isabelle introduce the participants to the basic techniques of encaustic painting, sharing its spontaneous virtues of working with texture and colors and its versatility with building up layers. Using an experimental approach to explore technique and manipulate the paint, you will be able to create beautiful artworks and embellish it using a wide range of techniques.

Art Classes for everyone: absolute beginners and developing artists alike.

Studio opening times: By arrangement with the artist.

Private tuitions also available.

Isabelle also facilitates encaustic workshops all over Ireland from February to November.





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Testimonials from former participants:


I had the pleasure of attending an Encaustic workshop with Isabelle and I’m not sure I can find the right words to explain how much I got out of it.  It ticked all the boxes.  I got to spend the whole day being creative.  I got to watch an artist teach what she so clearly loves and that is good for the soul… you can so easily get swept away with Isabelle’s excitement, enthusiasm and pure love for what she does and I got to be part of that, what a privilege. I got two beautiful encaustic pieces that I treasure.  I got a new medium to play with, I made new friends and I most certainly got Isabelle’s contact details so I can attend the next workshop.  If you want to explore your creative side, I couldn’t recommend this more.  You have nothing to lose but you have all the above to gain.

Siobhan, workshop participant, 2016


I really enjoyed Isabelle’s encaustic workshop in An Gairdin. Isabelle’s easy manner and clarity of her instruction was so easy to follow. I had no idea what encaustic Art was even about so I was so pleased at the end of a two hour session to have my own creation completed. I would certainly go again if she returns to Portumna.

Eileen S, workshop participant 2016


Participating to Isabelle’s workshops has done wonders for my mindset and self esteem

Wiltrud, artist, workshop participant 2016


Wonderful workshop with Isabelle. So generous with all her information and expertise! This is a lady who is passionate about her work and such a generous lady who is willing to share all her knowledge and experience for all to enjoy. A true spiritual person following her muse.

Shellagh G, Febrary 2017


Big thank you to Isabelle for hosting a wonderful workshop last weekend in her studio on the shores of Lough Derg, my second one so far. Highly recommend this for anyone who wants to get creative and be inspired, check out her website and blog for more magical molten marvels. Bonus points for lovely food and coffee, and letting me use the blowtorch!

Oisin M, march 2017


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