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Oreo Portraits? No way!

OK just when you think youve seen it all I find a woman who does portraits on Oreo cookies, flowers made from hair, nails clippings and baby teeth and little scenes using insects as the main characters. Judith Klausner is a graduate of Wesleyan U and is based in Somerville, MA. Her stuff is very provocative, always engaging and even slightly repulsive but never dull. Isnt that what good art is all about?


See more at her website

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Encaustic Artist and Author Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch

Keeping with my new fascination with photography and encaustic, I just purchased two new books by author and encaustic art Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch on Amazon. One is on the way and one is due for release the beginning of August 2011. She is a wonderful instructor and a terrific artist, not to mention a really nice person, too. Very generous with her knowledge. She also runs EncaustiCamps, which I wish I was nearby so I could attend. Check out her website at pbsartist.com if you are interested in seeing her work.

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Encaustics and Photography…a new love affair

I am afraid that I have caught the encaustic bug. Encaustic is the process of painting with clear or pigmented hot wax on a board. It has always fascinated me and now I have just discovered it can be used beautifully with photography and collage. Bought my first big chunk of beeswax and dammar resin this weekend and took advantage of the rainy days to try it out first hand. It is incredibly hands on to melt the wax, paint with it then use the heat gun to manipulate and shape the wax. I started with clear beeswax but I know next I will want to get some oil pastels or pan pastels to add color to the wax or rub on top of the wax once it cools.

It is an ancient art dating back to the Greeks and Romans. The finished works have a deeply layered and transparent appearance. It is a seductive medium but one that is not easily mastered. I have seen some great artists online that produce incredible work in this medium. They have inspired me to pursue learning more about the techniques and experiment with using some of my photographs with encaustic medium. Will post the results when I have some completed pieces.

In the meantime, here are two great encaustic artists whose works I love:

Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch: http://www.pbsartist.com/

Elena de la Ville: http://floridahotwax.com/

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