Go deeper! Photo Transfer! Metallic Finishes! Assemblages! Collage! These techniques will enhance your enjoyment of the encaustic painting process and embolden your artwork. This one-day intensive is for those who understand the basic process and want to take their encaustic art to the next level. Otty Merrill will demonstrate a variety of these techniques and students will have some limited hands-on opportunity, as we will work off one station while we discuss and explore results. A fun day, open to anyone who feels ready.
More Details: If you are wondering if you are qualified for this advanced class, you may call Otty directly at 207- 504-1948.
There is no materials fee, as students will be asked to bring their own things and will get a list by email, a few days before the class.
This class is limited to 7 students.
About Your Instructor – Otty Merrill
Otty Merrill is an artist from Tenants Harbor, Maine, where she has lived for many years. She maintains a studio in Tenants Harbor and Portland. She is a member of CMCA, MASS WAX, a division of International Encaustic Artists, and Running With Scissors (artists’ cooperative in Portland) and 26 SplitRock Art Community, Thomaston. Her work has been shown in mid-coast and Portland galleries, including The Center For Maine Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art and Mars Hall Gallery in Port Clyde. As a member of the International Encaustic Artists she has attended workshops in Tucson, Arizona, Santa Fe and Provincetown with the best encaustic artists in the country. Otty has been a docent at the PORTLAND MUSEUM of ART and is currently a frequent special events volunteer at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.
“I create art that tells a story. In the process of creating a piece, usually in encaustic wax, I fall into the story and then try to step back and become the viewer rather than the maker. I’ve come to realize I love simplicity and often seem to be fighting against “adding too much”. I love the kind of simplicity that isn’t simple at all, but is the result of removing what is unnecessary and then being brave enough to believe and trust that the message will be felt and seen. This is exhilarating and in fact, what keeps me making art. My style could be defined as “contemporary abstract realism”.