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You want to set up your encaustic studio, yet don’t know where to start?

I’ve been very busy the last few weeks on my abstract encaustic pieces and the sea has been once more one the focus for my inspiration.  May she be stormy, chaotic, and calm or by night, I just cannot get enough of her to the point of obsession.  Yet I had to stop this week as I am finally planning to go to the Copper house in Dublin and have quality Giglee prints of some of my most favorite paintings, which will be available really soon on my website, how exciting!  Here are the works, I have chosen, I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them !

Ready to set up your encaustic studio,yet do not know where to start ?

The workshops have been going very well and I would like to thank you all for your emails.  One of the recurring questions I get from people is: where do you buy your tools and materials? this got me thinking and I did set up this new page on my website for those who are curious about encaustic materials or who wish to set up their own encaustic studio .You will find below a list of recommended and trusted products, books and tools which I use daily in my own studio, creation of artworks and workshops.

Please click on individual links to find out more about each product.Enjoy !

 

 

Recommended books

 

These are the books you can find in my studio, and they have been a never-ending source of inspiration for me and those who come to my workshops; I would highly recommend them.

 

 

Encaustic medium

 

Making your own encaustic medium is fun and very cost effective, using pure refined beeswax and damar resin. Follow this link for the short You Tube video where I show you how to make the medium. However, for those who do not have the time to craft it themselves, the R&F encaustic medium is of high quality and very user friendly.

 

Basics

 

These are the tools you can’t do without. I have also added my favorite blowtorches, each having its own use in the studio.

 

Tools & Materials

 

Please find below other tools you will need to create encaustic paintings

 

Pigments and pigment sticks

 

In order to color my encaustic medium I use pure powder pigments . One of my most favorite materials are the R&F pigments sticks, which are highly pigmented and which can be added effortlessly to your molten medium, try them if you can, they are divine to use and the colors are rich and vibrant. I have also added the Pearl Ex pigments which are beautifully iridescent and which can also be added to your encaustic medium.

 

 

Wood panels

 

I would recommend you get friendly with your local DIY shop and have MDF or plywood cut to size at a very affordable price. Alternatively, here is what you can find online.

 

 

Mixed media

 

I have also added this section to add materials used in mixed media techniques .

 

Do you still have questions?

I will be delighted helping you out, to the best of my ability of course ! You can contact me here. Here is the link to my website for the listing of resources

Do you want to be part of the journey and  find your flow? Are you curious about encaustic painting? Are you looking for something new to spark up your creativity this Autumn? Then I would love sharing with you my passion for encaustic painting !

Have a wondrous and creative week !

Don’t forget to share the encaustic love to anyone you would think may be interested into trying their hands at this amazing process and do not hesitate to drop me a line if you wish to know more!

Thank you all for your wonderful support and looking forward sharing this amazing process with you in the near future!

Isabelle
#firepaintwithme

 

PS: I post regularly my artist process, free encaustic demonstrations and what fires me up along the way on my blog. If you wish to be notified by email, please subscribe to my mailing list, thank you!

Disclaimer

The information provided in this post are designed to provide helpful information on the subject of encaustic painting. The publisher and author are in no way responsible or liable for any damage or negative consequences from any action to any person reading or seeing this information. People should read the information provided by the manufacturer of the any tool mentioned in this presentation and follow all safely measures before use.

Stop, recharge, reload

 

Autumn has settled and the landscape has changed radically here by the lakeshores.

This is by far my most favorite season, with her cloud-loaded skies, outbursts of copper and gold and delicious scents of turf fires in the evenings.

I have been trying to keep an healthy balance in between a heavy schedule of workshops and well overdue self care by setting up some me time wandering the woods  with my two faithful furry companions. I seemed to have gone on overdrive over the summer months and autumn is the time of the year when I am planning to slow things down to recharge and focus a bit more on my own work.

 

Self care

I have enjoyed my walks immensely in the nearby forest which has transformed in an aria of golden hues.

These silent times have recharged my batteries and in the same breath filled my eyes and heart with a never ending source of inspiration for future works.  Self-care is something I have paid more attention to this year, discovering that my body was an ally well worth caring for…who knew??

I actually encountered this quote recently which resonated deeply (and I hope it will for you too)

“For a woman who has chosen family as well as work, there’s never time, and yet somehow time is given to us as time is given to the man who must sail a ship or chart the stars. For most writers it takes many manuscripts before enough royalties are coming in to pay for a roof over the head and bread on the table. Other jobs must often be found to take care of bread and butter. A certain amount of stubbornness—pig-headedness—is essential. — I’m often asked how my children feel about my work, and I have to reply, “Ambivalent.” Our firstborn observed to me many years ago, when she was a grade-school child, “Nobody else’s mother writes books.” But she also said, around the same time, “Mother, you’ve been very cross and edgy with us lately, and we’ve noticed that you haven’t been writing, and we wish you’d get back to the typewriter.” A wonderfully freeing remark. I had to learn that I was a better mother and wife when I was working than when I was not.”
Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water

It does touch deep doesn’t it??

Maintaining this very delicate balance is a daily struggle. it can be so overwhelming at times and not many people do or want to understand how important it may be for us creatives to have that release, that time set apart, for this NEED, this insatiable hunger we feel to create whatever it may be, each and every day; without it, I am lost.

Creativity does not only limit itself to the studio, but extends to the time I have to ‘carve’ aside for daily inspiration.  Walking the woods, the lakeshores and the seashores make me sane and do feed my soul. I come back refreshed and ready to do my work which in the past few years has been inspired by the essence of the land, the sea and the skies. It is a daily promise or commitment to my work and to myself and in the same breath to my family. If I do not feed this hunger, I am becoming irritated and frustrated, something you do not want to witness in an overly passionate French woman I am telling you! A caged wild animal would be the only way to describe how it feels within. Not good. For everybody involved.

When I feel like I do not have the time to do all the things I have to do…

This is when I set the time for self-care, because these are the moments I need it the most.

These are the moments when I have to give myself permission to take a break.

Easier said than done, I know, I know .

Once you do this, you will find yourself more focused and inspiration renewed.

My family approves and breath with relief too…all is good in wonderland again.

 

Some studio news

I cannot believe how quickly the year went, I feel like I am part of this whirlwind of happy faces and incredible artworks done by my customers, I am forever grateful!

A little slideshow with samples of works done during the past few workshops:

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Only a few workshops left this year and then I fold in for two months off, enjoying the winter painting by my stove in my warm studio.  Life is not too bad really, no complaining here!

My autumn schedule was a great success and is now almost booked out with only three spots left for the 10th November, grab them when you can!


I am already working ‘backstage’ on dates for 2019 with workshops in Dublin, Galway , Cork and some surprises, so don’t forget to keep an eye on my blog post in January with tonnes of offers and get on my waiting list, who will have priority for all workshops before everybody else…my way of saying thank you !

 

Exhibition Kinvara

And lastly, I am super excited to have my work exhibited among the very talented artists of the East Clare art trail, Art in Studios, at the Secret garden Gallery in Kinvara.

And when you are visiting this beautiful part of the world, why not pushing along and go for a visit to the beautiful Burren, which does wear a symphony of gold and red at this time of the year, you will not regret it!

You may even find me there, roaming the windswept hills…Just stop and say hello if you do.

Pilgrimage to Mullaghmore, framed encaustic painting on panel, now viewable at the Secret Garden Gallery, Kinvara, county Galway.

 

Do you want to be part of the journey and  find your flow? Are you curious about encaustic painting? Are you looking for something new to spark up your creativity this Autumn? Then I would love sharing with you my passion for encaustic painting !

Have a wondrous and creative week !

Don’t forget to share the encaustic love to anyone you would think may be interested into trying their hands at this amazing process and do not hesitate to drop me a line if you wish to know more!

Thank you all for your wonderful support and looking forward sharing this amazing process with you in the near future!

Isabelle
#firepaintwithme

 

PS: I post regularly my artist process, free encaustic demonstrations and what fires me up along the way on my blog. If you wish to be notified by email, please subscribe to my mailing list, thank you!

My Flow, my Bliss

Art has always been part of my life from a very early age, however it took me years to find my flow, my purpose and discover the beautiful power of encaustic painting.

My Story

I was born and raised by the seaside in France and reached the shores of Ireland 25 years ago. I formally trained as an artist and got my fine arts degree in 2006, and carried on exhibiting my work in various galleries around Ireland and internationally, yet there was something missing.

In 2013, in the least creative phase of my life I decided to take the pledge to go in my studio every day for 40 days and produce a piece work a day, without judgement, without interpretation.

 

On day 30, I discovered encaustic painting. I needed to fix a bit of card unto my board, saw the beeswax on my shelves, melted it. My world changed that day. I was a woman possessed, mind body and soul trapped in the lavish layers of beeswax and pigment, seduced by the sensuality of the encaustic process. Once you start applying heat and fire unto the molten pigmented encaustic medium, anything can happen and you can watch the painting change and transform in front of your very eyes… a true wonder to behold.

 

I had found my passion, my Fire and I felt alive.

 

Teaching

This is the value of the teacher, who looks at a face and says there’s something behind that and I want to reach that person, I want to influence that person, I want to encourage that person, I want to enrich, I want to call out that person who is behind that face, behind that color, behind that language, behind that tradition, behind that culture. I believe you can do it. I know what was done for me.

—Maya Angelou

At the Wild Fire & Wax studio or throughout Ireland, I have been providing an artistic workshop with a difference, where participants are coached to explore their own ‘fiery side’ via the medium of encaustic painting.

For me teaching is more an act of guidance and my strength resides in my passion and enthusiasm for the medium, trying to inspire my students to play with the techniques and enrich their lives in the process . I try to help them  to awaken, unfold and expand their talents and creativity through the exploration of a versatile, easy and effective artistic method so they have the opportunity to express what fires them up and to create beautiful, atmospheric artwork in a relaxed and inspiring environment.

I have been thinking a lot about the various teachers and mentors I have had the honor to meet along the way and those who have made a lasting impressions are those who have given me the time and space to be me. The real me. Our mundane lives are so busy and distracting, one of the best gift one can give to oneself is Self care, the sacred time put aside when one can be herself, without interruption or distraction.

 

One of my student who comes each week for a two hours session, once stopped in her track while painting, she looked at me and said..

‘this..this is what I was looking for’…

‘Can you explain ?’ I asked

‘The fact that I have not had a thought in a while’, she replied.

I understood what she meant, she had found her bliss, her flow and was at one with herself and  her creativity, away from the hustle and bustle of life and she was riding that beautiful wave where all that matters is our connection to something which is higher than ourselves, a place of plenitude and peace. This is the good stuff !

 

Gratitude

Before I leave you, I would like to share with you a little video I have made with some of works produced this summer by beginners. It was so difficult to choose which to pick for a one minute video, I had so many saved ! I am thankful for all the people who go trough my door, in my studio or in other venues around Ireland. Each and everyone of them has changed me, this is a true gift, a beautiful exchange which I do cherish each and every time. So thank you all for being part of my journey.

 

Do you want to be part of the journey and  find your flow? Are you curious about encaustic painting? Are you looking for something new to spark up your creativity this Autumn?

Then I would love sharing with you my passion for encaustic painting !

Have a wondrous and creative week !

Don’t forget to share the encaustic love to anyone you would think may be interested into trying their hands at this amazing process and do not hesitate to drop me a line if you wish to know more!

Thank you all for your wonderful support and looking forward sharing this amazing process with you in the near future!

Isabelle
#firepaintwithme

 

PS: I post regularly my artist process, free encaustic demonstrations and what fires me up along the way on my blog. If you wish to be notified by email, please subscribe to my mailing list, thank you!

 

A gift and a Story

The summer has been fabulously busy here at the Wild Fire & wax studio and I cannot believe that September is already looming with its explosion of golden hues. I just cannot wait roaming the woods with my dogs and taking all those golden reds and oranges back with me in the studio! BUT, it is not only going to be fun and games as  I have so many projects involving encaustic workshops already shaping up for 2019 and some of them even taking place in Europe and overseas…But more about this another time my impatient firebirds!

A little story

My summer encaustic schedule has been a big success and was booked out pretty rapidly this year!  The demand for the Dublin workshops has been extraordinary; I can see that there are many of you down the East coast who love playing with fire!

I would like to thank each and every participant who has shared with me their experience and their stories. So many talented people out there, too many to mention and I feel blessed to have shared with you what fire me up along the way.

I personally think that one of my most favorite experience came from Mary (I changed her name for privacy; however, I am sure you will recognise a bit of yourself in this).

 

Let me tell you her story.

 

Mary impulsively booked for one of my workshop taking place the following day in my studio in East Clare. She would not usually be the impulsive type, as she told me after, yet she felt compelled to cross the country to spend two days in East Clare learning a medium she knew nothing about. In her initial email, She mentioned having neglected her creative side for a very long time, not ‘being an artist’ and was rather downbeat in the choice of words she used to describe herself. I get that completely, life, work; children do keep us busy and very often the first thing that does go is looking after ourselves. She arrived early for the workshop and after I gave a short introduction about encaustic painting and demonstrated the techniques involved in the process, she was on her way.

Literally.

 

A burst of life

 

I witnessed a woman becoming alive, discovering parts of herself she had kept so hidden, her new found creativity springing forth  like a freshly discovered spring water well . There was no stopping her and I watched in awe what she created from a careful distance, still letting her know that  I was  available in the case she may need me. Her face, posture, everything about her changed in a matter of hours.

She came back home with ten artworks she was proud of and a beautiful glow on her face.

The following day , she did send me an long email letting me know that when she came home and showed her new works to her family, they encouraged her wholeheartedly to make time and space at home for this newly found passion, not only for a new medium but , and more importantly… For herself!

Mary’s story is not an isolated event and is something I encounter all the time during my workshops. It is a the type of recurring stories that keep me doing what I do, being purely a facilitator for my clients to find the time and space for finding themselves via a beautiful creative medium which allows them to ‘go with the flow’ .

I read somewhere that there is no such thing as a ‘creative’ and a ‘non creative’ person, but instead, there are people who use their creativity and those who don’t. In other words, everyone has the ability to tap into a huge creative potential, but because of repressive aspects of the way we experienced life, most t of us don’t have the skills or confidence we need to express our creativity. It is just a matter of allowing ourselves the time and the space to be in contact with ourselves that the magic does happen. I call it carving time. There will always be something else which will distract us from what really matters; it is just a matter of allowing ourselves the time to play. And Mary did demonstrate to me once more that it is possible for each and every one of us.

 

Here are some of the works produced by people who never did encaustic before and excelled in the medium.

 

 

And now…A little secret!

 

Today I am going to tell you a secret …as you may already know, the date of the online launch of my autumn schedule of encaustic workshops is closing in, and  I have a little surprise for my waiting list and subscribers…

You will have the opportunity to be the first to peruse the dates via email and have a sneaky peak before everybody else, with of course the opportunity to avail of an early bird offer !

This means that you will have the leisure to pick your workshops before the official launch!

Considering the high demand for my workshops this year, it is lovely to know you do not have to rush! Now that’s lovely news don’t you think! So keep an eye on your mailbox next week for this little gift from me to you.

Have a wondrous and creative week !

Don’t forget to share the encaustic love to anyone you would think may be interested into trying their hands at this amazing process and do not hesitate to drop me a line if you wish to know more!

Thank you all for your wonderful support and looking forward sharing this amazing process with you in the near future!

Isabelle
#firepaintwithme

 

PS: I post regularly my artist process, free encaustic demonstrations and what fires me up along the way on my blog. If you wish to be notified by email, please subscribe to my mailing list, thank you!

 

 

 

Facebook Live encaustic demonstration, Friday 26th January

Hi there

Well I can safely say right now that am on a roll with social media and I am super excited to introduce this new venture of mine, exploring the wonderful world of videos.  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, play with blowtorches, molten beeswax and pigments!

 

I will be holding a free encaustic demonstration at 7.30pm

on Friday 26th January at the Birr Theatre and art centre for the openingof my solo show ‘Land Sea and sky’.

During this demonstration, which will last about 40 minutes, I will introduce those present to the amazing process that is encaustic painting!

You will be able to know everything you need to know about this ancient art, which involves molten pigmented beeswax; plus you will be able to watch me play with my blowtorch, such fun!

I will show you basics techniques of encaustic painting, sharing its spontaneous virtues of working with textures and colours and its versatility with building up layers.

AND I will also be able to answer all your questions!

 

 

 

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, simultaneously next Friday, 26th 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. Watch replay here.
  3. In the right hand corner of the post click on the three little dots
  4. Click on Turn on Live notifications

Or

Open the Wild fire and wax page, click under following and click all on (notifications, videos…)

 

It is that easy!

Hopefully I will catch you all next Friday at 7.30 PM there or online!

#keepcalmandcarryonpainting !

Best wishes,

Isabelle

Wild Fire & Wax studio

www.isabellegaborit.com

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!

 

SHOP NOW

Thank you for your custom,

Isabelle

 

 

 

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

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

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.