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Encaustic drop-in sessions now available

Hey All,

I am back after a rather busy summer of creative outburst and workshops, I now need a holiday! However, before I book myself a nice sunshine holiday,I have also sat down to plan the next few months creative activities in my studio. I would like to thank all f those who have sent me feedback on the workshops and I could not overlook a demand made by many of you…so drum roll! Exciting news just for you dearest subscribers! I am delighted to announce, my new Drop-in Encaustic Painting sessions, an open studio for previous students to explore their new skills in encaustic painting, starting in October.

 

Details:

These drop-in sessions are now available for returning students and mostly those who do not have their own studio and would like to continue with a more relaxed class and enjoy the freedom to continue to experiment with encaustic painting and deepen their experience of this versatile medium. Come and be inspired!

 

Time: each session is taking place on the first Saturday of the month, staring on Saturday 7th October), 10.30 to 12.30 pm

Location: Isabelle Gaborit encaustic studio, Whitegate county Clare

Fee: €35 per class or € 120 for 4 consecutive classes.

All materials are included in the course fee, including R&F pigments, encaustic medium and wooden boards.
Refreshments will be served as and when required.

Spaces limited to 5 participants.

Are you interested? The only thing you have to do is to call or email me to confirm attendance at least 24 hours in advance( first call first serve policy to avoid over booking, only 5 places available at each session ) You can Contact me at: 0872793819 or email: isabellegaborit@gmail.com

 

 

 

The autumn schedule of encaustic workshops is here !

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 learning the ancient art of encaustics might be the thing for you this Autumn.


 

Saturday 21rst October: Introduction to encaustic painting

 

Join me for a day introductory workshop, learning the ancient art of encaustic Painting in my studio located on the beautifully scenic shore of Lough Derg, close by Williamstown Harbour, an ideal backdrop for creating atmospheric artworks in a relax and inspiring environment.

During the day long workshop, you will have the opportunity to discover the fascinating art of Encaustics, an ancient painting process using molten beeswax, resins and natural pigments.

I will introduce you to the basic techniques of encaustic painting, sharing its spontaneous virtues of working with texture and colors and its versatility with building up layers. You will have the opportunity to learn easy and effective techniques in a fun and relax atmosphere and create beautiful artworks to bring home.

Using an experimental approach to explore technique and manipulate the paint, you will be able to create a beautiful artwork and embellish it using a wide range of techniques

For more information or booking, please click here.

 

 

 


 

Saturday 11th November : Introduction to encaustic painting

(please refer to the description above)

For more information or booking, please click here

 

 

 

 


 

Saturday 25th November : Advanced encaustic techniques.

These particular workshops designed for those who came to one of my workshops and want more! The class will expand your understanding of encaustic, help you refine your work by gaining more control over the medium and help you move your encaustic painting to a new level we will work in mixed media, including various drawing techniques, image transfer, working with pigments sticks, collage, inscribing and scraping techniques. You will leave with a printout containing all the information you need as well as a list of suppliers. For inquiries or booking please click here

 


 

 

Before I leave you, I am going to leave you here with what people have to say about past workshops:

 

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

 

Hoping to see you real soon and that you will be super creative this summer,

Best regards,

Isabelle

 

 

About Isabelle:

Isabelle works with art enthusiasts, absolute beginners and developing artists alike, wanting to discover a new versatile painting process, easy to learn and whose possibilities are limitless. She helps them to unfold and expand their creativity through the exploration of new, easy and effective artistic method and medium. Participant to her workshops are given the opportunity to create beautiful atmospheric artwork and embellish them using a wide range of techniques in a relax and inspiring environment. Isabelle has a devouring passion for this ancient painting process and her passion extend to sharing its versatility with art lovers, via exhibitions, demonstrations or workshops. There is nothing more delightful to her than eagerly watching the wax melt, releasing her sweet warm aroma in the studio, echoing within her childhood memories of her grandmother beeswax polished floors back in France. She is tapping into something ancient and greater than herself and inviting others to have a glimpse of this world, within and without.

How a testimonial becomes a gift

Hi there
I was planning to write a blog post about the sea, my main source of inspiration, however it seemed that other plans were in motion.

Being just back from my holidays in my father’s land, I decided to clear the studio in order to have it well organised for this summers encaustic workshops. Going through piles of handwritten papers, notes and drawings I came across a typed page given to me last year after an encaustic demonstration organised at the University of Limerick. I remember this day very well. I had been invited to talk about my work as an encaustic artist and what inspire me. Present that day were a group of creative writers. I do remember vividly spending hours with those highly creatives women, sharing ideas and talking animatedly about what bring awe in our lives.

 

 

A week later, the facilitator of the creative writing group contacted me. She wanted to forward a text written by one of the ladies present. She also told me that the piece was inspired by my talk. I was a bit scared, had I offended someone?
I am always in awe how momentous moments in life remain untouched in our memory.
I was siting at my kitchen table .
A cup of coffee was filling the room with her sweet aroma…and tears could not stop .
floodgates had opened.
Her words, her style, her beauty, her sheer honesty touched me deeply. And still do. This letter was beyond an encaustic workshop estimonial.
This letter, this open heart, this offering given freely was a gift.
Touching someone soul is rare.
She has touched mine.

Here are her words, untouched.

NB: the author wishes to remain anonymous .

‘I noticed it for the first time on the day I viewed the self portraits in the university. It was a sensation or feeling hard to put into words. I thought at first it was a sense of loss but I don’t think it’s possible to feel a sense of loss for something you’ve never had. I suddenly felt as though I had been living my life at a disadvantage, because I hadn’t been told the full story or hadn’t seen the bigger picture, both literally and figuratively. An opportunity for another dimension of happiness had been bypassed somewhere on life’s road. I felt cheated and hoodwinked, that this hidden world of visual and tangible treats for the senses has somehow evaded me. Until that day it is as though I had been prevented from experiencing parts of life great pleasures, and I found myself getting both angry and sad simultaneously. Though I had admiration for them, I was also envious of these people, who had dared to live their lives freely expressing themselves. Individuals who had the audacity and bravery to live life as they wished. Enjoying freedom outside the box of convention and expectation.
Within my mind a door was opening, and a veil was lifted from my eyes. It was as though I suddenly became aware that I had been deprived of aspects of life which brought deep meaningful experiences, capable of stirring the senses in a whole new way, that I never knew existed. Despite my previous lack of insight and exposure to this new realm I found that I possessed the ability to appreciate its beauty. That day a barrier was lifted and a tsunami of new, stirring and profound feelings came crashing in and flooded my soul.
Again they washed over me , on the day I sat engrossed in the words of Isabelle Gaborit. A fascinating woman, like a mythical creature from a fairytale. I could have watched and listened to her for hours, hypnotised and captivated. Her accent perfectly suiting her persona adding to her charm and mystique. Though I was enthralled by her love of all things creative, her voice was so hypnotic and evocative that I could just as easily have listened to her read out pages from the Constitution of Ireland.
Like a rare flower, that seldom blooms, she opened up adding beauty and colour to my life for a brief moment in time. I was transported to a romantic world of vivid graphic layers and textures that I could almost reach out and touch. She spoke with enthusiasm and passion for what she loves that I was overwhelmed with a sense of longing to be part of it. She had such magical wistful aura about her that I yearned to exist in her world. An interest in paganism only served to make her more alluring and I was bewitched by her intriguing accounts of visits to holy wells and sacred sites. I too wanted to surround myself with statues of the Celtic goddesses and the Virgin Mary. There was nothing for it, if I had any hope of becoming a pagan, I would have to rob the Infant of Prague and Padre Pio statues that had pride of place on my mothers mantelpiece.
Isabelle’s words conjured up images of hooded figures dancing around open fires, fanning the flames of spirits and sorcery. I was in no doubt that her charming character was capable of mesmerising anyone she encounter, as it had an infectious quality, and certainly cast a spell on me.

I was overwhelmed with a desire to create something expressive and unique, to be whimsical and unpredictable. To cast off the bonds of constraint and conformity that had crippled and strangled my individuality and uniqueness . I could visualise I myself announcing to my mother that I had a very real hankering to devote my life to painting, only to hear her reply ‘for Gods sake, sur’ you still haven’t finished the bathroom ceiling’ ! Instantly sticking in a pin and bursting my bubble, deflating my ballon of dreams…
Was that what happened? Had my spirit been stifled? Had my seeds of imagination or artistic flair been left unnourished? Like buds that dared to raise their head above the earth were they trampled on lest they would flourish?
Isabelle had not been suppressed and inhibited. She had the confidence and flamboyance that I was in awe of as she stood before me. In that moment every fibre of my being wanted to BE Isabelle Gaborit the free spirit, quirky and bohemian, frantically throwing molten beeswax at a canvas of care free abandon. I wanted to tear the wallpaper off my mothers walls and stick it on a board with her photos and varnish over them. I wanted to walk around pensively making memory maps. All the while knowing that instead of looking windswept and wise, I would just look dishevelled and deranged!
No, sadly I had to accept my limitations. There was only ONE Isabelle Gaborit, and though I only spent fleeting moments in her company, somehow my world seemed all the richer for it.’

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How I created my dream encaustic she-shed

I have been very busy in the studio the last few months and I count my blessings to be working in a place I can call mine. I cannot believe that a year ago, I finally realized my dream: build my own encaustic she-shed, away from the house, surrounded by the beautiful garden and close to the lake shores.

A perfect spot

We are very lucky to live in the wilderness, with the lake in our ‘garden’. We have access to a rowing boat, and many Sunday afternoons are spent swaying gently on the lake waters, taking pictures of the reflections on the surface of the water and the life and aquatic plants which hide below. We also have access to our own private woods, where I can go and hide at times when the business of life takes over. I have lived in the countryside for years now,  I will never consider going back to the craziness and distractions of cities and towns. The wilderness feeds my soul and inspires me. The way the light moves on the lake, the sound of the trees or the wide array of colors in the garden feed my creativity no end.  I have created this little sanctuary for me and my family, a place to love and create. Some call this a life of hiding; I prefer calling it a life well lived, giving space and time for inspiration and creativity . A place and time to breathe.

The design of the encaustic she-shed

Before I owned my own studio, I used to work in my house.  I loved this space;  however, there was always something else to do, cleaning, washing, procrastinating, instead of working in the studio. I needed to get out. I researched a fair bit the various options available. Yet the idea of owning my own woman shed was really ticking all the boxes.I was ready to join the she-shed movement which was sweeping the world, where women everywhere created their own space, their own cave, spaces to create and relax…why should it only be a man thing? It had to look unique, bohemian and most importantly mine. Here is the link to my research on Pinterest.  It had to be custom-made for the encaustic process and most importantly be safe and healthy to work in. I contacted a company based in Ireland and we discussed together with the design of the studio. I gave them the size and shape I needed. It had to have 5 floor-to-ceiling large windows, facing South, the garden and lake shores, a never ending source of inspiration in my work. The wait was excruciating, however, 3 weeks later it arrived.  I could not contain my excitement. The men quickly put up the flat pack walls and roof in less than two hours and left. We were then left with an empty shell.  However, I had a clear idea what was necessary to have basic set up for an encaustic studio.

We started to work on it straight away.

Here are the various basic set up steps we took in order to have a fully functioning encaustic studio:

 

Getting started with a Basic Set-up

Ventilation

One of the most important set up in your studio is a proper ventilation system and a source of fresh air. Wax fumes can be toxic and should be treated with care. When we built the studio, we bought one good quality silent extractor fan, which removes fumes by evacuation of the air and filtration. In sunny days and during the summer, I also do tend to leave the window or door open so a good draft goes through the studio and leaves the air fresh. Plus, it is so beautiful to listen to the wind, rain or birds while working. For more detailed information, R&F Paints have a very helpful article on the subject posted here

 

Workspace

A good size worktable is also necessary in order to keep your hotplate, a tool necessary to melt your encaustic medium, blowtorch, and other materials. A wooden table is a great alternative and make sure you do not have a plastic covering. It would melt under the intense heat from the heat gun or blowtorch. I ended up building three very large and long worktables. This allows me to have enough workstations for my encaustic workshops participants.

Electricity

You also need to consider your electricity source, keeping in mind that a couple of hot plates and heat guns require a proper electrical setup; you do not want to blow the fuse box on a daily basis.

For safety and insurance reasons, it is also recommended to have a fire blanket and fire extinguisher at reach at all times. I also have a first aid kit for burn or other ailments. Do you know that Aloe Vera, one of the most common household plant does miracles on burns? Follow this link to find out more about the wondrous benefits of this miraculous plant. My aloe Vera for burns has set a permanent position in the studio.

 

Next blog post I am planning to go into details about the materials and tools.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you need clarifications on the basic set up, and remember the most important thing when you set up your studio is safety, from fire and fumes.

Regards,

Isabelle

 

 

 

 

To view my summer schedule of encaustic workshop, please visit this link

My next introduction to encaustic painting is taking place on the 1rst July, for more information or booking, please follow this link

 

 

 

 

Encaustic demonstration, Signal Art centre, 28th April 2017

Hi there,

Encaustic artist, Isabelle Gaborit

Never in a million years I would have thought I would have been able to do something like this, however, if I have the choice between standing around at my own opening explaining  my painting process and getting busy doing an encaustic demonstration, ie doing what I do love best in front of an audience…Well…no real choice there.

Live demonstration it was and I went for it. The whole thing required a lot of organization, constant advertising and reminders about the time and place to watch the Facebook live stream, and all of this was way before I stood in front of the camera and…Well, hopefully not freeze or become a blabbering mess. Those who came to my workshops do know that I am a chatter box; I do love talking, especially when it is about encaustic techniques or art, my favorite subjects. But doing it in front of the camera was a different kettle of fish.

Anyhow, it all happened way too quickly, so quickly I did not get the chance to panic or retract.   The hotplates, blowtorches and other tools were just finished being set up  at the Signal art centre in Bray that the public started to float the gallery and there I was talking  in front of the audience and people who were watching online.  I actually forgot that the camera was there and utterly enjoyed the process. It happened that the video was watched by 800 people (so far), which is incredible! I am shuffled really for all your support and curiosity for this amazing medium.

 

Encaustic demonstration

So as a gift to all my subscribers, and all those who would like to know what the hell encaustic means, this little video is for you: the encaustic demonstration, signal art centre, on Friday 28 April. You can also view this video via my Facebook page, Wild Fire & Wax.

Enjoy.

Isabelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would also like to remind you that I am having an early bird offer, 20% off all my summer workshops until Friday 5th May, yes tomorrow! Use the coupon SUMMER2017 at the checkout . So don’t miss this amazing offer on alternative week ends or art retreat ! For more information and booking please visit this page

Encaustic workshops, summer 2017…and a little surprise !

 

Hi there

Due to popular demand, I am delighted to announce my encaustic workshops summer schedule taking place on the sunny shores of Lough Derg…and oh boy there is something for everyone! So here we go:


 

Saturday 1rst July: Introduction to encaustic painting

This class is very popular, tick all the boxes and is designed for everyone: absolute beginners and developing artists alike, mostly people who have never practised encaustics and wish to discover this wonderfully versatile medium . During the day long workshop ( 10 to 4 pm ) I will introduce you to the basic techniques of encaustic painting, sharing its spontaneous virtues of working with texture and colors and its versatility with building up layers. You will have the opportunity to learn easy and effective techniques in a fun and relax atmosphere and create beautiful artworks to bring home.  For more information or booking, please click here.


 

Saturday 12th August:Introduction to encaustic painting

(please refer to the description above)

For more information or booking, please click here.

 

 


 

 

Saturday 19th August:Advanced encaustic techniques.

These particular workshops designed for those who came to one of my workshops and want more! The class will expand your understanding of encaustic, help you refine your work by gaining more control over the medium and help you move your encaustic painting to a new level we will work in mixed media, including various drawing techniques, image transfer, working with pigments sticks, collage, inscribing and scraping techniques. You will leave with a printout containing all the information you need as well as a list of suppliers.

WORKSHOP BOOKED OUT

 

Now my dear friends, I am leaving the best for the end…

 


 

15th/ 16th July: encaustic art retreat

yes you have read this right, 2 days just for you !

Are you art enthusiast wanting to discover a new versatile painting process in an intimate studio setting and a beautiful location? Do you want to recharge your creative batteries and create beautiful atmospheric artwork and embellish them using a wide range of techniques in a relax and inspiring environment?Then, I invite you to spend the week-end in the beautiful hidden gem which is East Clare and discover the art of encaustic painting, an ancient painting process using molten beeswax, resins and natural pigments.

 

Right on the shores of Lough Derg awaits my encaustic studio, a tranquil spot set apart from the hectic fast paced life, a place to inspire and provide tranquillity for those who want to immerse themselves in their creativity. This two day workshop in my quiet light filled encaustic studio, with views of the lake and forest, is the perfect opportunity to take two days for yourself, to focus on your work, and take it to the next level. During the workshops, participants will be exposed to basic, intermediate and advanced techniques in working with encaustic medium.

 

 

Whether you come with a project in mind or a blank canvas, you will find support and input, from like minded people, while being given all the skills you need for creative growth. Allow the meandering through woodlands and boat rides to inspire and generates new visions, while taking the opportunity to meet fellow artists.

 

We will share what inspire us and you will be shown different ways to translate it into your artworks.Soak in the landscape, refresh and create!

For more information and booking; please click here.

BOOKED OUT


And..because you all have been wonderful customers and students, I have added an early bird coupon for those who would like to book their space before the 5th May !

Use coupon: SUMMER2017

Before I leave you, I am going to leave you here with what people have to say about past workshops:

 

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

 

Hoping to see you real soon and that you will be super creative this summer,

Best regards,

Isabelle

 

 

About Isabelle:

Isabelle works with art enthusiasts, absolute beginners and developing artists alike, wanting to discover a new versatile painting process, easy to learn and whose possibilities are limitless. She helps them to unfold and expand their creativity through the exploration of new, easy and effective artistic method and medium. Participant to her workshops are given the opportunity to create beautiful atmospheric artwork and embellish them using a wide range of techniques in a relax and inspiring environment. Isabelle has a devouring passion for this ancient painting process and her passion extend to sharing its versatility with art lovers, via exhibitions, demonstrations or workshops. There is nothing more delightful to her than eagerly watching the wax melt, releasing her sweet warm aroma in the studio, echoing within her childhood memories of her grandmother beeswax polished floors back in France. She is tapping into something ancient and greater than herself and inviting others to have a glimpse of this world, within and without.

 

Facebook Live encaustic session on Friday 28th April

Hi there

 

Well I can safely say right now that am on a roll with social media.  I have discovered FB Live, and what a fab tool, which allows me to talk to you about what is going on and for you to see me in action doing what I do best, set my paintings on fire !

As you may know, I am holding a free encaustic demonstration at 6.30pm on Friday 28th April at the Signal art Centre in Bray. During this demonstration, I will introduce the participants to the basics techniques of encaustic painting, sharing its spontaneous virtues of working with textures and colors and its versatility with building up layers. Now, I do not expect all of you to be present physically at the opening, so as a present to all my customers and those who support my work, I will have a free FB live session on my artist page: Wild fire and wax.

Here are the few directions in order to view and not miss the FB live session of the encaustic demonstration which will take place this Friday, 28th April (or watch the replay):

 

1)Like my page: Wild Fire and wax
2)Go to the live video where I explain what will happen on the night.
3) In the right hand corner of the post click on the downward arrow
5) Click on See more options
6) Click on Turn on Live notifications,

It is that easy!

Hopefully I will catch you all this Friday at 6.30 PM there or online,

Regards,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabelle

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 isabellegaborit@gmail.com

 

To see my work please visit: isabellegaborit.com

Welcome in my world

 

I like setting paintings on fire.

Literally.

And I do it all the time.

 

But first, allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Isabelle and I am an encaustic artist…an encaustiwhat?

Sorry I should have clarified this part first.

In my studio located on the scenic shores of Lough Derg, a forgotten jewel in the wild west of Ireland, I have rekindled the ancient painting process of Encaustics, an immediate and tactile painting method using molten pigmented beeswax. The layering and transparency qualities of this medium allows me to capture the ethereal beauty of the Irish landscape, taking the viewer to dream-like sceneries, e

ach piece acting as a doorway to a world both sensual and contemplative.

When I am not in my woman shed playing with my blowtorch, you will find me roaming the beautiful land around me, by day and night…the lake-shores, the depths of the woods, the seashores and the windswept hills…forever seeking that ray of light which enflame the top of the rushes or the deep rich colors and textures of the dark woods. I take way too many images and I bring them back to my studio to infuse my work with their essence.

Among my many other obsessions, I am drawn to objects that have a past, a story to tell and sprinkle a dash of alchemy to create the pieces I will show you along the journey.

This is my very first blog entry.

And if you would like to experience the process of art making through my eyes and words, get a glimpse of my world, within and without, glance at what make me stop in my tracks in the craziness called life, then you are very welcome to join me along the way with this work in process which is the life of an artist.

Isabelle Gaborit.