The Open Studio blog is a new project for CMCA, connecting Maine’s many artists to the broader community. Hope you enjoy it!
Barb Cone’s new encaustic prints
Posted on July 12, 2014 by Sandy WeismanI’m so happy to have Barbara Cone as the newest studio artist at 26 Split Rock Cove. She brings fresh ideas about encaustic painting and printmaking which I hope you agree are beautiful. In addition to her encaustic art making, Barb is also a curator, and an active member of MassWax, an encaustic organization for encaustic painters in Massachusetts. She and her husband have a house in Spruce Head.
Look for workshops at 26 Split Rock Cove focusing on Barb’s encaustic printmaking techniques.
White Series #2 White Series #3
In Barb’s words:
My focus for the past few years has been working with encaustic, an ancient medium composed of beeswax, pigment and resin. Encaustic paint is heated and applied in its molten state, hardening almost
instantly. Famed for its layering ability, translucency, luminosity and rich colors, encaustic is the most versatile of artistic media, appealing to sculptors, mixed media artists, printmakers and painters alike. It allows for endless experimentation, a quality especially appealing to me.
While I’ve been seduced by the rich encaustic colors for years, recently I was
drawn to using an essentially white palette for its calming effect, purity and
beauty. At the same time I became interested in making freeform black and white
pen and ink drawings on German etching paper, wetting and drying the paper to
create certain effects with the ink. It occurred to me I could mount the drawings
on a panel as a base for encaustic paintings, working with the transparency of
the wax and my ability to carve into the layers to reveal portions of the drawings underneath.
I carved through the wax to reveal portions of the drawings on some of the
pieces. Unlike most painting, this process required me to think in 3 dimensions
instead of two. These pieces have elements of whimsy and movement. For
others I used a glazing technique to allow the viewer to see through the layers of
wax to reveal subtle patterns of line and shadow from the drawings underneath.
These pieces are more subtle and meditative.
What a month!
Posted on October 4, 2013 by Sandy WeismanThis month began with the first ever Open Studios at 26 Split Rock Cove. It was wonderful to invite friends, neighbors and many others in the art community to see all the work that is being produced here. Take a look at some examples from the weekend of September 7 & 8. I’ll continue tomorrow with more news about our September workshops.
Victoria spends about 6 months in Maine. She is a calligrapher and encaustic painter. She is also an enthusiastic community member here at 26 Split Rock Cove.
Visiting Artist Sharon McCartney at work in her studio. Sharon spent one month in residency at 26 Split Rock Cove. She produced and produced and produced these fabric sculptural works, and she is also known for her artist books, collages, and larger fiber works. You can see her work on line. I hope to bring her back in late spring for an Altered Book workshop.
The Ceramic Studio. Beth Steele, Diane Hebert, and Otty Merrill moved this equipment from their Lincoln Street Studios last fall. Along with Avery Larned, they have maintained an open studio format. Please be sure to contact any one of them if you’re interested.
Otty has been a constant force for the artists at 26 Split Rock Cove. She organized the move here from Lincoln Street. She has taught several encaustic painting workshops, and she has provided a lot of connections between us all. Thank you, Otty!
Marnie recently moved to Maine and set up shop here. Her delightful sculptures, and her participation has been great for our studios.
Stay tuned – there’s more coming ….
Friday night, June 20
Posted on June 18, 2013 by Sandy Weisman
Open Studios at CMCA
Posted on April 15, 2013 by Sandy Weisman