It's been a bit of a crazy week folks and its still only half way through but I'm finally back on line to share photos of last Saturdays wax painting class using hot irons.
We had a lovely group, seven in all and heads down we really cracked on, unusually for me only two of saturdays particpants had never experienced the craft with me before...the ratios normally swing the other way, but it made for a vibrant group with lots of good work produced.
The Garage Theatre really is a wonderful venue for a class like this, bright and airy excellent parking and easily accessed. I would like to extend my thanks to the team there and no doubt you will see us again.
In the meantime I'd like to gauge interest in an European Encaustic painting class in Dublin? I have had several enquiries of late and I'm very happy to go on tour if the demand is there, let me know what you think? I'm happily heading up that way again soon as I've been booked for an ICA craft day, these are huge events with numerous Guilds all coming together to enjoy a day of mixed art and craft and boy is it fun!
But for now I'm back to my laptop to focus on my own work and some writing that I need to do... Even for an artist administration is a never-ending task, so bye for now and we'll talk soon. X Niamh.
Fri 21st of september past saw me happily invited to participate in Culture Night at the wonderful venue that is Monaghans Garage Theatre.
I took over the large space at the top of the stairs known as the rehearsal room and for the night this large white room became my Gallery, Studio and classroom.
I started with a discussion about what it is I do, how I work from the very start by making my own encaustic medium and paints, print on heat to fine kozo papers and cannibalize those prints into my painting process.
I demonstrated the encaustic printmaking process showing monotypes and cold registration prints and adhered a completed monotype print to an encaustic coated panel describing the different options I could proceed with at that stage.. at one point there were seven or more children at the demo table accompanied by their chosen adult, many of them clutching dream catchers made earier in the evening at the Puca puppets workshop held downstairs. I did my best as they started making requests for drawings, robots and bug birds...it was super fun and at times - oh so cute!
Wiith the youngster's satisfied I stated the taster encaustic ironing sessions....17 people gave it a try and all went home having learnt the basics of a new skill and with a new understanding of some of the things I get up too....it was messy, busy and colourful...just what I expected and I loved it.
Thanks to all who joined me and a special thanks to Krista especially, and the team at the Garage for their support. An additional note of thanks to my lovely hubby who acted as my personal 'Roadie' on the night, with so very much stuff sometimes on tour you just gotta bring your own muscle!
PS: in case you weren't aware I am hosting an encaustic iron on card wax painting class in the 'Garage Theatre' this coming Saturday afternoon (29th September from 1-5pm and 55euro pp-all materials provided)..with only two spaces still available, do get in touch if you'd care to attend. Come and feel the creative flow in a medium you simply cant help but fall in love with! x N.
PSS: A wee treat today to add to this post....a link to photos from events held on Culture Night accross the county. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=255384218449884&id=109726819682292
I do hope this finds you well..Happy Friday, how's your week been?
Here, with both the O'Connor children heading back to school its been all go go go to return to a normal routine after what I can only describe as a long hot summer..gosh but it was good!
I think I mentioned previously I am chomping at the bit to return to the studio, the studio which is now back at home in the garden build, a little tidier then when I last looked at it and just itching to be used. I have stocked up on some new materials and have two new works, and happily a commission, currently brewing in my head ...and while I am simply waiting for Monday morning to roll round and free me of some upcoming commitments I have been looking at the diary for the winter season and all that is ahead.
As you may or may not know I am very much looking forward to presenting a full encaustic demo on Culture Night at the fabulous space that is Monaghans Garage Theatre...thats Friday the 21st of September for those of you who want to mark the calendar. As part of the night I have committed to a 'wee taster" session on the night on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis which I am happy to share with the first 15 folk that sign up on the night.
In replying to messages and enquiries since posting these details I have decided to follow on from this by holding an EU Encaustic Class in Saturday 29th September again at the Garage Theatre...its a fun, creative and productive session which teaches the joys of painting with wax using irons on card. Its an Introduction class...you dont have to know how to draw or paint as no previous experience is required - if however you are a painter its still a great days exploration...so if you feel the need for colour and creativity this is the class for you!
Saturday the 29th September 1-5 pm is the date and costing 55euro per person including all materials and equipment its going to fill up fast...Do get in touch to book your place and until then go well .
I will be in the studio if you need me. Wish me luck.
Contemporary Visual Artist working in mixed media/encaustic based in the drumlins of Co.Monaghan. Ireland.