General News

General News

Land Sea and Sky and a little treat


Hi there

Christmas is looming and plenty has been going on in the

Wild Fire& wax  encaustic studio.

This week, I have been thrilled to collect and reconnect with the encaustic paintings from the exhibition ‘Land, Sea and Sky’ which have been exhibited for the last month at the Solas art gallery in County Leitrim. I had not seen them for awhile, having travelled to different galleries across Ireland over the last few months for others to see and hopefully enjoyed.

As I unwrapped each fragrant work from their protective wrapping the imagery took me daydreaming to their place of conception…the Great Sea, my most favourite subject matter which has been flowing through my work for the last few decades.



The sea calls me on a regular basis, and I tend to heed her call whenever I can escape from my daily life. I can also safely say that she definitely kept me sane over the summer when my whole world collapse on a personal level.
At time, a distant wisp of salty air carried across the land is brought to this part of Ireland, where I have been living for the last 4 months, sheltered between the mountains, the forest and the lake. This very brief wisp of salty air tends to take me by surprise as it slowly unfolds in his lingering waves memories of time past.
Having been born and raised by the sea, I have constantly hungered to see, feel, touch, smell and taste her deep waters. My purest bliss would be to swim, bathe, play and love in her velvety waves. The terrible mother tried to claim me once as a child, only to be rescued by my loving father, jumping in to prevent her waters swallowing me in the darkening abyss, claiming me.


Her salty gems have glistened on my skin and shone in my soul, I have heard her call so many times, and the rage of her waters has soothed my pains and stilled my mind in the shadiest of times.

When she calls, I pick up my camera and jump in the car. She knows the way, I can only trust. And the Burren, county Clare, is the place I always end up. Every time. The stark landscape, uncompromising, where the light pays games with the clouds, revealing world in the smallest recesses of the coves or in the depths of the ancient woods.





I have climbed the hills countless times and stood in the heights listening to the whispers of the winds and felt cleansed by the cold blustery rain.
It was only natural for me to dedicate a full series of artworks on the theme of Land, Sea and sky. In this body of work, I have been compelled to explore the primal theme of light embedded in my connection to the ever changing landscape of the Burren. Each work acts as a reflective rendition of the remarkable light value of this incredibly beautiful place, composed entirely of the environment’s three most prominent physical characteristics, the Land, the Sea and the sky. As the light shift slowly through the environment, the boundaries between each becomes increasingly blurry, each merging into the other, all becoming Light and reflections.


I strive to conjure up a sense of liminality in my paintings, where there is no separation between Land, Sea and sky, in order to ignite the imagination of the viewer while I reflect on the aesthetic power of light enhanced through layers of molten pigmented wax.
There is so much beauty in working with encaustics. The translucent layers, the smell of honey that radiates from each piece, the organic textures, and the glorious shine of each piece, I am forever in love with it.





And now here comes the good news for you my faithful subscribers. As seasonal treat, there is 15% off all week long on all the mini framed encaustic seascape which are part of the Land Sea and sky series starting immediately!

So why not treat yourself or a loved one if you are the sharing kind with a special gift made with Passion, Fire and Wax.


Use SEA2017 at checkout for 15% off your order!
Offer Valid until Sunday 3rd December 2017. Order early to ensure holiday delivery!



Thank you for your custom,





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.



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:




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





Tuesday 21th November :

Half Day Encaustic Art Workshop


at the Solas Art gallery, Ballinamore, County Leitrim


On Tuesday 21th November, the Solas art Gallery presents a half day Encaustic Art Workshop with encaustic artist Isabelle Gaborit.

During the half day workshop, Isabelle will introduce the participants to the basic techniques of encaustic painting, an ancient painting process using molten beeswax, resins and natural pigments, 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.

Location: Solas Art Gallery, Ballinamore, County Leitrim

Date: Tuesday 21th November 2017

Time: 11am – 3:30pm

Cost: €50

Limited to a maximum of 8 places.

To secure a place in this workshop, please contact the Solas art Gallery at:

071 964 4210 or

Or visit the gallery website 




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,




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.

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.









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

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,









‘Of paper and wax’, a collaborative fusion of collage and encaustics, by artists Isabelle Gaborit and Margaret Curran

In Isabelle Gaborit’s art studio located right on the scenic shore of Lough Derg, Art in Studios’ artists Isabelle Gaborit and Margaret Curran, will hold an event for culture night on Friday 16th September from 6 to 8 pm.
Participants will have the opportunity to see both artists collaborate on one piece of work using their own re14207615_1755288131377954_3853934755140928849_ospective techniques of decoupage (tissue paper and news paper and images out of magazines) and encaustics (ancient painting process using molten beeswax, resins and natural pigments.)

Original works, Prints and cards will also be available in a price range of €9 to €250. So pop along and watch the artists at work in a beautiful setting. All welcome. Free event.

Date: Friday 16th September 2016
Isabelle Gaborit encaustic studio
County Clare

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Contact: Isabelle Gaborit 0872793819
Email: isabellegaborit@gmail.com14207807_1755288104711290_8559317566206688372_o