July/Aug/September 2017 Connect + Create: going with the flow

Going with the flow… …is a phrase we use, but what does it mean? In my experience it is a sense of ‘not trying’… of being with _(whatever shows up)_, of relinquishing control and letting myself flow-t with the current. This can be a bigger challenge in life than it is in art, but the Read more about July/Aug/September 2017 Connect + Create: going with the flow[…]

May 2017 Connect + Create: choosing your ‘essential’ words

When people ask us what our paintings are about, we are sometimes at a loss for words. Isn’t the painting supposed to ‘speak for itself’? At times, I’m not sure how much to share about the underlying story, not wanting to hijack the viewers interpretation. There is a fine line when it comes to knowing Read more about May 2017 Connect + Create: choosing your ‘essential’ words[…]

April 2017 Connect + Create: inspiration

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spiders web.” Pablo Picasso “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas   The theme for this month Read more about April 2017 Connect + Create: inspiration[…]

New blog posts here! Let’s talk about failure and how it impacts the creative process…

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”   This quote by Samuel Beckett captures something very true about failure and how important it is to artists as they develop their unique creative voice. Before I go on, let me introduce myself. I’m Andrea Bird, co-owner of ‘the hive‘ encaustic school/gallery, with Read more about New blog posts here! Let’s talk about failure and how it impacts the creative process…[…]

How do I make my own encaustic medium using beeswax and damar resin?

Please read carefully before beginning! What you will need to make encaustic medium: Griddle and/or saucepan, beeswax and damar (3.2 oz. damar / 1 pound of wax), wooden or metal spoon/spatula, ladle or sieve, Optional: cheesecloth for a finer filtering, muffin tins, scraper, blow torch/heat gun. The utensils cannot be used for food afterwards. Why Read more about How do I make my own encaustic medium using beeswax and damar resin?[…]

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