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Introduction to Encaustic Painting Image Transfer Workshop

I have been intrigued by encaustic wax paintings. This is a very old art form that used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The Yellow House Gallery in Toronto offered a class on this art form as well as photo image transfer. I signed up to take this afternoon workshop and had so much fun!

Photo Image Transfer

Encaustic painting workshop yellowhouse gallery toronto ontario

A mixture of beeswax and damar resin are melted together and applied to cradled birch panels.

Yellow house gallery workshop toronto ontario encaustic wax painting

Two coats of wax applied to the wooden board. Both processes begin with this step. For the photo image transfer, a photocopy is placed right side onto the wax and pressed into the wax with a smooth object. The ink transfers into the wax and then the paper is removed by carefully washing it off.Photo image transfer of stone wall photograph taken in italy by doris lovadina-lee

This photograph was taken in Italy of a stone house. I love the texture and colours. The paper film is not completely removed yet.

image transfer of italian stone wall with arched windows taken by doris lovadina lee toronto

At this stage of the photo transfer there are still bits of paper left to be removed, but I can see the what the finished piece looks like and am so happy with it.

Encaustic Wax Painting

wax and heat gun for the encaustic wax workshop at the yellowhouse gallery toronto kingston road

The second piece involved painting with coloured wax. I also wanted to incorporate some textiles into the artwork. I brought a small amount of embellishments that I thought might work, including silk fabric, beads, bark, shells and beaded embroidery floss.

first layer melted wax for encaustic painting by doris lovadinal-lee

Two layers of clear wax are applied to the cradled board first and then the coloured wax. Here I’ve added my first layer of colour by mixing black and white wax.

second layer of wax for encaustic painting workshop dorislovadinalee.com

Second layer of colour is a beautiful shade of red, thinned by clear wax.

silk, seashells encaustic wax painting by doris lovadina-lee made in toronto canada

Stripes of silk and embellishments were positioned and a layer of wax applied.

beads, silk and sea shells in encaustic wax art work by doris lovadina-lee

A beautiful pearlescent powder was used to highlight certain areas. After a few days of curing, the wax will dry clear.

close-up detail of encaustic wax artwork by doris lovadina-lee

Close-up of the embellishments, texture and colour.

vashty and christina a the yellow house gallery kingston road toronto ontario canada

Christina Kostoff owner and director of the Yellow House Gallery and Vashty Hawkins artist and teacher holding my first encaustic painting. Vashty will be teaching more encaustic and photo image transfer classes this winter at the Yellow House Gallery, visit the website for more information.

 

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Collen Heslin: Needles and Pins Exhibit

I was so happy to be able to visit Colleen Heslin’s exhibit: Needles and PIns at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The show is on until January 8, 2017 (Galleries 4-5).

Chain of Command by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Chain of Command by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Fermi Problems by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Fermi Problems by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
New Age Mystic by Waterfall by Colleen Heslin
New Age Mystic by Waterfall by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Cotton
Counterpose by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Counterpose by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Counterpose (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton
Counterpose (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Havana Affair by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Havana Affair by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Havana Affair (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Havana Affair (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen
Monochrome by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Monochrome by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Log Cabin by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas
Log Cabin by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas
Yea Yea by Colleen Heslin 2015, Dye on Cotton
Yea Yea by Colleen Heslin 2015, Dye on Cotton
Outerlimits by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Outerlimits by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Runaway by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas and Linen
Runaway by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas and Linen
Well of Exaggeration by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Canvas
Well of Exaggeration by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Canvas
No Vacancy by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas
No Vacancy by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas
Undulating Waves by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Canvas
Undulating Waves by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Canvas
Undulating Waves (detail) by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Canvas
Undulating Waves (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Canvas
Seafoam by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Seafoam by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Seafoam (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen
Seafoam (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

I encourage you to see Heslin’s show in person. the colours, textures and size of the pieces are best viewed in person. You will be able to see the subtlety of each piece.

To see more of Colleen Heslin’s work, visit her website.

 

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Indigo Bursts: textile paintings

Indigo dipped cotton, linen and white pique are combined to create four individual pieces of textile art. Machine quilting adds beautiful texture.

Indigo Bursts by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Indigo Burst: tetraptych
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches each
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas

Each textile painting is wrapped over a 6″ square gallery canvas.

Indigo Burst 1 by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Indigo Burst 1
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00
Indigo Burst 2 by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Indigo Burst 2
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00
Indigo Burst 3 by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Indigo Burst 3
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00
Indigo Burst 4 by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Indigo Burst 4
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00

These textile paintings can be displayed individually or grouped in twos or fours to create a diptych or a tetraptych.

If you are interested in having unique artwork to display in your home, contact me, I am happy to ship directly to you.

How would you choose to display these Indigo Bursts?

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Pages from Life’s Journey: works in a series

I was very taken by the works of Toronto artist: Sung Ja Kim Chisholm. Pages from Life’s Journey were on display at the World of Threads Exhibit.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 1 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada
Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 1 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

These pieces are made with white fabric and plaster.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 2 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada
Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 2 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

There is a simplicity that I find appealing.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada
Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

The absence of colour makes me want to get close to examine the nuances of each piece.

Detail from Pages from Life's Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada
Detail from Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

There is a similarity between each one, yet each series evokes a very different feeling.

What would the pages from your life look like?

 

 

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World of Threads Exhibit 2016 – personal favourites

I attended the World of Threads Festival for the first time on the weekend. The exhibit is on until Nov. 27, 2016 with venues in Oakville, Ontario and Mississauga Ontario. If you have the opportunity to attend, I highly recommend it.

Three pieces by Eszter Bornemisza from left to right: No Home in the City; At Home in the City; Constructive Decentralization in World of Threads 2017 taken by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Three pieces by Eszter Bornemisza from left to right: No Home in the City; At Home in the City; Constructive Decentralization
Detail from Eszter Bornemisza's work
Detail from No Home in the City by Eszter Bornemisza

This was an amazing display of 11,000 hand cast beeswax leaves. A stunning display!

Cleave...a Path in the Wilderness by Penelope Stewart, thousands of wax leaves
Cleave…a Path in the Wilderness by Penelope Stewart
Detail of the individual leaves from Cleave...a Path in the Wilderness by Penelope Stewart
Detail of Cleave…a Path in the Wilderness by Penelope Stewart

This piece by Tammy Ratcliff of Guelph Ontario is made by printing an etched design on Washi. It’s then woven and hand stitched. It has a very Japanese minimal feel.

For Dreams of Hanging Gardens by Tammy Ratcliff
For Dreams of Hanging Gardens by Tammy Ratcliff
Detail of For Dreams of Hanging Gardens by Tammy Ratcliff
Detail of For Dreams of Hanging Gardens by Tammy Ratcliff

The free motion machine stitching on Marilyn Clarke’s piece adds so much detail that it looks as if you could step into the piece.

Autumn Branches Against Green Hill by Marilyn Clarke
Autumn Branches Against Green Hill by Marilyn Clarke
World of Thread entry: Detail of Autumn Branches Against Green Hill by Marilyn Clarke
Detail of Autumn Branches Against Green Hill by Marilyn Clarke

Completely created with thread and free motion quilting!

Secrets of the Caribbean 1 and 2 by Carla Fisher at World of Threads 2017 photographed by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Secrets of the Caribbean 1 and 2 by Carla Fisher

Every where there were beautiful, and creative pieces. I’ll have more photos next week.

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Fibre Content 2016 – a Canadian fibre art exhibition

If you have love art and textiles, make your way to the Art Gallery of Burlington for the third biennial fibre art show: Fibre Content 2016. The juried exhibit is on from September 8-18, 2016 and showcases outstanding Canadian artists.

Royal Thistle by Helena Scheffer and Marion Perrault, Montreal, QC
Royal Thistle by Helena Scheffer and Marion Perrault, Montreal, QC

l attended the opening reception on Sunday, September 11th with my friend Helen (@piece_by_piece) and her proud mother Barbara. Helen’s piece: Seaton Trail was hung in the gallery space where it could be seen from the entrance.

Seaton Trail by Helen Garland, Toronto, ON
Seaton Trail by Helen Garland, Toronto, ON
Yesterday's News by Dianne Gibson, Fonthill, ON
Yesterday’s News by Dianne Gibson, Fonthill, ON
Falling Leaves by Anne Solomon, Etobicoke, ON
Falling Leaves by Anne Solomon, Etobicoke, ON
Off the Rails by Valerie Prideaux, Toronto, ON
Off the Rails by Valerie Prideaux, Toronto, ON
Maid of the Mist by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON
Maid of the Mist by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON

I met and spoke to  Jennifer Earle who wove, embroidered and beaded the beautiful shawl above. The details are stunning!

Maid of the Mist (Detail) by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON
Maid of the Mist (Detail) by Jennifer Earle, Burlington, ON

Jennifer also created the hanger out of copper tubing to display her entry.

Refuge by Bethany E. Garner, Elinburg ON
Refuge by Bethany E. Garner, Elinburg ON
The Way I See Myself by Sharon Deacon Begg, Guelph, ON
The Way I See Myself by Sharon Deacon Begg, Guelph, ON

This was the first time I had ever attended and so happy to see the amazing works on display. There were 125 pieces on display in 2 gallery rooms. The three jurors chose these from the 218 submissions from 102 artists.

Sunrise at Plum by Micaela Fitzsimmons, Mitchell, ON
Sunrise at Plum by Micaela Fitzsimmons, Mitchell, ON
Ocean by Pat Hertzberg, Caledon, ON
Ocean by Pat Hertzberg, Caledon, ON

I spoke to Pat Hertzberg, a textile and mixed-media artist who recently moved and how this change has influenced her artwork. Her artwork conveys a lightness and transparency that is beautiful.

Stitch Meanderings by Linda Kittmer, Rockwood, ON
Stitch Meanderings by Linda Kittmer, Rockwood, ON
Out of the Shadows by Helen Hughes, Guelph, ON
Out of the Shadows by Helen Hughes, Guelph, ON
The Gingko Tree by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON
The Gingko Tree by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON
The Gingko Tree (detail) by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON
The Gingko Tree (detail) by Cecelia Cameron, Susan Durham, Shirley Kilpatrick and Patricia Menon, Fonthill, ON
Floating in Blue - Triptych by Gunnel Hag, Toronto, ON
Floating in Blue – Triptych by Gunnel Hag, Toronto, ON

This triptych of floating feathers made by Gunnel Hag captured their effortless flight. She had originally displayed it horizontally, but after seeing it hung vertically, Gunnel thought it might even flow better.

Poppies Aglow II by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON
Poppies Aglow II by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON
A Green Thought in a Green Shade by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON
A Green Thought in a Green Shade by Carolynn McMillan, Burlington, ON
Mita Giacomini co-ordinator of the Interactive Display Area
Mita Giacomini co-ordinator of the Interactive Display Area

Mita Giacomini was one of the very talented fibre artist who had 2 pieces in the show as well as coordinating the interactive exhibit. Here she is in front of the board that shows how she creates her work.

Cross Road by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON
Cross Road by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON

She calls the technique she developed “surface weaving.” She described the process and had the sample to illustrate the steps involved. Mita also has information on her website as well as photographs of her other pieces in this series: Overhead Underfoot.

Brighter Path by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON
Brighter Path by Mita Giacomini, Dundas, ON

A feature of the show is the series of Artist Talks given by three fibre artists. These one hour talks are free of charge and open to everyone. The first talk was given by Dianne Gibson on Saturday, but you still have time to hear: Maggie Vanderweit on Wed. Sept. 14th from 10 -11 am and Mita Giacomini on Sun Sep 18th from 1-2  pm.

Camden Town #2 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC
Camden Town #2 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC
Port Clyde 3 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC
Port Clyde 3 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC
Rue du Buade #1 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC
Rue du Buade #1 by Heather Dubreuil, Hudson, QC

The photographs I took are just a small sampling of the beautiful work presented in the Fibre Content show. I hope you have the opportunity to see the outstanding art in person. Fibrations is the not-for-profit organization that organizes Fibre Content. All of the artwork in this show will be featured on the Web gallery, where information for the past two shows: 2012 and 2014  can be found.