Endless Possibilities

One of the most irresistible qualities of the encaustic process is the warm organic surface of the wax. It can be scored and scraped, rubbed and polished, melted and textured – and more.

In this mini-workshop, Lyn will guide you through four surface treatments for your encaustic work, including faux raku finish, rust and ivory, tortoiseshell, and India ink with metallic embellishments.

You can join your sampler panels into a standing screen structure, or you can use them as journal covers. The Surface Sampler techniques will expand your encaustic/mixed media repertoire and dazzle your creations with richness.

About Lyn and the Painting with Fire Program

Lyn has been an instructor in Painting With Fire since its beginnings in 2021. PWF, now in its third year, is a year-long course that is devoted to studying best practices in Encaustic painting.

You can find out more here.

Lyn teaches from a mixed-media backgammon and uses encaustic techniques in ways that enhance her signature media of clay, paper, and fiber.

She recently won the Mulranny Arts Center Award for the body of work she submitted to the International Encaustic Aritsts exhibit called "Ephemera/Ephemeral" which was held in Ireland.


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Artist Statement

My work has always been strongly influenced by the idea of “shards” as a metaphor for human communication across time. A shard can be a found fragment of clay, a rusty nail, a scrap of handwriting – any little clue that becomes a “secret handshake” between the maker and the discoverer.

Human faces, ancient or contemporary, fascinate me as summaries of life stories in the moment. Clay, paper, beeswax, and fiber are my instinctive, beloved media but mark-making through abstract painting challenges me to develop my own language of expression and translation.

The more aware I am of the little day-to-day incomplete clues that capture my attention by calling to me in a mysterious way, and the more I take note of them, the more understanding I gain about the purpose of my art as the re-assembling of human narratives across time.

Lyn Belisle