“Instances,” A New 2016 Series

In January, 2016 I started a new series, “Instances.” My goal is to create a body of work based on fleeting moments, glimpses of experiences. The initial project was to complete 20 encaustic images, 18″x18″ on 22″x30 Fabriano Artistico. This was accomplished at the end of May.

After my 3rd piece in the series, I wrote an artist statement, to keep on track.

Instances Series                                            1-20-16

Instances, the first works of 2016 are based on using essential visual language to reveal visceral reactions to daily encounters.

Encounters may selectively hit a nerve, or work in combination to provoke a response: verbal, physical, emotional, or intellectual instances translated to visual mass, velocity, color and texture. They may be those we choose, or moments that happen to us.

 “These pieces are color and texture explosions-energy captured in containers of rectilinear form.”

  “I’m intentionally not trying for the perfect calligraphic mark. Instead, blunt, ungracious blasts of paint off rough bristle brushes move over the surface on their own trajectories, for their own purposes.”

These reductive, primal expressions represent the essence of what is left from an encounter once the knowable is stripped away. By removing recognizable elements, what remains are responsive, experiential marks. The enigmatic feeling of an encounter made visual.

The images are in sequence by season/month for the first part of the year, starting with the winter images at the bottom. You will see the color palette change from cool wintry colors, to warmer spring colors. (Click on images for titles, and slide show.) 10 of the 20 images are shown here.

FAC Artist Spotlight: Lisa Sisley-Blinn

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Foundry Art Centre Administrative Coordinator Jillian Schoettle. We talked about my current and past work, choice of mediums that support the work, my background and approach to teaching. Read it all here: http://www.foundryartcentre.org/blog/fac-artist-spotlight-lisa-sisley-blinn.

Excerpt:

Her fluidity between series and projects allows for her to approach pieces again as new concepts emerge.

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Article & Photographs by Jillian Schoettle. Thank you Jillian!

Encaustic Classes at The Foundry Studio: Apr-Jun 2016

Check out class listings on my Foundry Art Centre page: http://www.foundryartcentre.org/lisa-sisley-blinn

Week Day Encaustic Open Studio: April, May, June

Tuesday – Friday 10am-4pm. Age 18+.

Come work in a professional art studio with emphasis on encaustic, and intaglio printmaking.

Email a week in advance to RSVP your working time and space requirements.

Rates: $12/hr with independent use of studio equipment; $15/hr with use of studio equipment and assistance. Sign up for blocks of time, 3hr or more for $10/hr.

Bring your own supplies and personal tools. Limit 4-8 depending on working space required.

April: Encaustic Basics

All materials included. Saturday, 10am-1pm. One (1) day class for 3 hours. Age 18+. Email a week in advance, sisleyblinn@gmail.com to RSVP your working time and space requirements.

April 2, or 16: Encaustic Basics I

$65. No previous experience required. Limit 8.

This class provides Beginner Level Experience for related encaustic classes. Students will learn:

  • history of this beautiful, luminescent medium
  • studio set-up and safety
  • fusing with a heat gun
  • transparent and opaque painting techniques
  • creating smooth surfaces, adding painted textures
  • layering collage materials

April 9, or 23: Encaustic Basics II

$65. Beginner experience required. Limit 8. Students will learn to create:

  • hard and soft edges
  • laser printed toner image transfers
  • low relief areas with stencils and masks
  • dry-point, scraffido lines and textures
  • shellac burn surfaces with a hand held torch

*Note: Take both an Encaustic Basics I and II class for $100. Or, sign up for Encaustic Open Studio time.

May: Encaustic Basics

All materials included. Saturday, 10am-1pm. One (1) day class for 3 hours. Age 18+. Email a week in advance, sisleyblinn@gmail.com to RSVP your working time and space requirements.

May 7, or 21: Encaustic Basics I

$65. No previous experience required. Limit 8.

This class provides Beginner Level Experience for related encaustic classes. Students will learn:

  • history of this beautiful, luminescent medium
  • studio set-up and safety
  • fusing with a heat gun
  • transparent and opaque painting techniques
  • creating smooth surfaces, adding painted textures
  • layering collage materials

May 14, or 18: Encaustic Basics II

$65. Beginner experience required. Limit 8. Students will learn to create:

  • hard and soft edges
  • laser printed toner image transfers
  • low relief areas with stencils and masks
  • dry-point, scraffido lines and textures
  • shellac burn surfaces with a hand held torch

*Note: Take both an Encaustic Basics I and II class for $100. Or, sign up for Encaustic Open Studio time.

June: Encaustic Basics

All materials included. Saturday, 10am-1pm. One (1) day class for 3 hours. Age 18+. Email a week in advance, sisleyblinn@gmail.com to RSVP your working time and space requirements.

June 4, or 18: Encaustic Basics I

$65. No previous experience required. Limit 8.

This class provides Beginner Level Experience for related encaustic classes. Students will learn:

  • history of this beautiful, luminescent medium
  • studio set-up and safety
  • fusing with a heat gun
  • transparent and opaque painting techniques
  • creating smooth surfaces, adding painted textures
  • layering collage materials

June 11, or 25: Encaustic Basics II

$65. Beginner experience required. Limit 8. Students will learn to create:

  • hard and soft edges
  • laser printed toner image transfers
  • low relief areas with stencils and masks
  • dry-point, scraffido lines and textures
  • shellac burn surfaces with a hand held torch

*Note: Take both an Encaustic Basics I and II class for $100. Or, sign up for Encaustic Open Studio time.

Encaustic Classes at The Foundry Studio: Oct 7-Dec19, 2015

Classes are starting in the new studio space! I’m so excited to share it with you.

I have a new studio in The Foundry Art Centre, and I want to share it with you. It has new dedicated electrical lines, large work tables, hot plates and heat guns, and enough supplies to start new work, or complete pieces in progress. There are both open studio times, as well as classes to refresh your memory of tools and techniques, or learn them in a professional studio for the first time.

The following classes are listed below (description, what to bring, cost):
Studio Images– Encaustic Open Studio (independent work time, or with instruction in 3hr blocks of work time)
– Encaustic Basics: 3 hr class
– Encaustic Basics II: 3 hr class
– Encaustic Intensive: 6 hr
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Encaustic Open Studio
Oct 7 – Dec 19.
Need space to work? Access to encaustic tools and materials? Inspiration or assistance? Sign up for work time/space on open studio days. Blocks of 3 hours are available for you to work independently, or with
instruction. Sign up for 1 block of time, or several:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday 10am-1pm
Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday 1-4pm
Wednesday, and/or Thursday 5-8pm
1, 3hr class, independent work: $36
1, 3hr class, with personal instruction: $45
4, 3hr classes, independent work: $125
4, 3hr classes, with personal instruction: $160
Choose your day and time. Email: Lisa at sisleyblinn@gmail.com to set up your class time.
Bring: Materials and personal tools for new work you are starting, or work that you are completing.
Adults 18+. Limit 8
Notes: Participants must already have knowledge of working safely with encaustic tools and materials. No classes Nov 26 or 27.

Encaustic Basics: 3 hr class
Saturday: Nov 7 or Dec 5. 10am-1pm
New to encaustic? Learn the history of this beautiful, luminescent medium, studio set-up and safety, fusing with a heat gun, transparent and opaque painting techniques, creating texture, and layering collage materials. We will work small on a number of substrates. This overview will give you experience with the tools and medium, preparing you for more advanced classes.
Provided: All materials and tools
Bring: An open mind, and willingness to learn about a new art material
Age: Adult 18+. No prior art or painting experience required.
Cost: $65 cash or check
Email: Lisa at sisleyblinn@gmail.com to sign up for class. Limit 16

Encaustic Basics II: 3 hr class
Saturday: Nov 21 or Dec 19. 10am-1pm
Continue learning more techniques, refine your image creation, and work in a professional art environment. You will learn how to create hard and soft edges, create low relief areas and textures with stencils, include image transfers, inlayed-line, and use a hand held torch for shellac burn. We will work small on a variety of substrates.
Provided: All materials and tools
Bring: Personal tools, or encaustic paint colors that you may already have and love.
Age: Adult 18+.
Cost:$65 cash or check
Email: Lisa at sisleyblinn@gmail.com to sign up for class. Limit 16
Note: Must have taken Encaustic Basics class, or have knowledge of working safely with encaustic tools and materials.

Encaustic Intensive: 6 hr
Saturday: Nov 14 or Dec 12. 10am-4pm
Can’t wait to learn everything in the Encaustic Basic, and Encaustic Basic II classes? This 6 hour workshop is for you. Bring a snack/lunch and a small notebook for this incredible information download! All the information in the
Basics and Basics II class are covered, plus more about substrates (papers, tiles, braced boards), and how to do an encaustic pour over existing work (drawing, print, photo on absorbent paper).
Provided: All materials and tools
Bring: All materials included
Age: Adult 18+. No prior art or painting experience required.
Cost: $100 cash or check
Email: Lisa at sisleyblinn@gmail.com to sign up for class. Limit 8

Provided for all classes: A professional fine art encaustic studio
– 4, 36″x80″ work tables with dedicated hot plates, heat guns, support materials and tools for encaustic.
– Up to 4 chairs per table, as needed for participants and projects
– a 24″x48″ press bed etching press for printing encaustic-plexi plate monoprints/monotypes as well as   traditional etchings and collagraphs. (coming soon)
– a printmaking work bench for inking plates and rolling up Akua water-based inks
– a Paula Roland Hot Box for encaustic monoprints/monotypes
– a large drying rack for class/workshop projects.
– a double-high flat file for storage demo/work station
– storage shelves for the studio, as well as class projects in progress
– bulk materials (beeswax, damar crystals) are available for purchase by class/workshop participants.
– some fine art papers, boards, chip brushes, and starter paint sets available.

Email me or come in and sign up for classes. Studio #7-8.
Lisa

The Foundry Art Centre
520 N. Main Center
St. Charles, MO 63301