The talk with the wonderful Lorraine Glessner about „Materials, Method, and Process“ had to give way to Richard Frumess’ demo with the rather unspectacular title „Mud“, but a lot of spectacular insights into the topic of color saturation and offering memorable quotes like “Pigments don’t fit a Color Chart”.
I had to abandon the „Leaf Stencils & Organic Materials Demo“ by Dietlind Vander Schaaf in favor of the talk with Kim Bernard „Cultivating Creativity“ where we discussed different ways to overcome an artist block. And last but not least the talk „Growing together: Mentor and Mentees“ with Jeff Hirst, Lisa Pressman and Jen Greely and not the discussion with Michael David on „Critical Thinking and the Use of Encaustic in Abstraction“ made it on my schedule. Lisa, Jeff, and Jen candidly shared their experiences and highlighted the advantages of a fruitful mentoring relationship.
Luckily there were no alternatives to Judy Pfaff’s excellent keynote on Saturday morning and the panel “It’s not ALL About the WAX but a Tool in the Toolbox” with Joanne Mattera, Michael David, Deborah Kapoor, and Susan Lasch Krevitt. I also did not have a conflict when attending Janise Yntema’s talk on the „Environmental Politics of Wax and the Future of Encaustic,“ where she provided an excellent and deeply researched overview on the topic.
All in all, I left the conference ultimately „saturated“ and inspired and couldn’t wait to get back in my studio to work on some new ideas. I kind of failed in the Vendor Room, though. It simply felt like paradise to have all these supplies so readily at hand, and I went way over budget.
But from what I heard from other artists – I was not the only one and happily traveled back to Europe with an extra piece of luggage.