Today we are thrilled to bring you a guest post from Jess Greene of Seek your Course. Jess is going to be visiting Teahouse twice in the next few weeks - once for her Jumpstart Creativity tour and once for her Personal Narratives in Wax encaustics workshop.
I asked Jess to write about why she loved working with encaustics...take it away, Jess!
Encaustic - hot beeswax and resin - is everything you want in an art medium and more. When hot it is a vibrant, colorful liquid that quickly produces transparent or opaque layers. When cold it is strong and solid enough to hold 3-dimentional shapes and to carve into. It accepts transfers, collage, stencils, embedding objects, and a wide variety of other art products. Wax can express and work with just about anything. In other words, it is the perfect medium to use when expressing what happens in our heart and soul.
Jess Greene was inspired to begin painting by artist blogs and the stories that artists post about their work. She started seeing herself as an artist after she went to her first art retreat. The amazing community of artists she found there led her to start Seek Your Course, an online database for creative learning opportunities. In 2011 she quit her day job as a teacher and spent a month in an artist residency in Spain. Her work focuses on telling stories of loneliness and happiness. Most paintings feature houses and represent the self on a search for places of safety and love. Find out more on her website.