June 19-23, 2023, Lareau Inn & Farm, Waitsfield, VT
Using Vermont’s ever-changing light and stunningly diverse landscape as the muse, this retreat experience is designed for artists interested in transitioning to an abstract encaustic painting style while also developing a unique creative voice. Traditional en plein-air image gathering techniques are combined with guided studies exploring new ways of seeing and simplifying color, value, texture, and form. Outdoor studies are then translated into encaustic paintings using comprehensive translucency, layering, and color mixing techniques, which may be combined with collage and/or mixed media to make the abstract landscape your own. Considerations of our body’s connection and its direct relationship to landscape will also be discussed through journaling, readings, and expressive mark-making exercises. Optional individual critiques with both instructors will be offered to all participants.