Tuesday, April 9, 2013

An Encaustic Art Studio for the Starving Artist

Just published on amazon.com.

An Encaustic Art Studio for the Starving Artist

The idea for this book came from my own experience in setting up an encaustic studio on a very tight budget. Not able to afford even the least expensive "studio essentials" kit ($300-$360), I spent hours reading about encaustic art and researching tools and materials until I was able to put together a really good working studio for myself.

A few weeks after this was up and running, I began to think about the six months I had delayed doing it because I thought it would be too expensive. If there had been a book like this, I wouldn't have wasted that six months.

It is not a book about techniques: there are a number of those out there. This is about the nitty-gritty of hardware, pigments, panels, grounds, and sources. The dollar amounts are included and compared. Sources are compared as well.

In short, for less money than the cost of the cheapest kit, this book (also inexpensive!) will enable the reader to set up an encaustic studio comparable to the most expensive kit  AND with more colors and more of them.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Absence Means the Heart is Elsewhere

Been a while since the last post. BUT, there are reasons:
  • My involvement with encaustic work has been intense. 
  • Much to learn and explore.  
  • Serious illness in the family which, at the moment, is experiencing a reprieve. 
  • Nearing publication of a Kindle book for those who want to do encaustics, but can't afford it.
  • Volunteer work on design and production of a juried Exhibition in Print for the International Encaustic Artists
  •  Teaching Web Design and Development at the Community College of Vermont.
  • Preparing for my solo photography show in White River May 17th - July 17th. 

ANNOUNCEMENT: "New" blog for artists to follow:
Susan Abbott, Vermont painter, traveller, and painting instructor has initiated her Saturday Posts. The first issue is out and talks about Watercolor Palettes. If you are a painter you really need to lock onto this one. Abbott's knowledge of painting (oils and watercolors) is broad and deep. Take advantage of it.

Susan Abbot: A Painter's Year

Two New Encaustics

Dark Fiber
Against the Grain

For proper viewing: http://www.clairdunn.com/painting.htm

For now, that's all folks  . . .