April 15, 2018 Chapter Meeting with Adele Shaw

Please join us on Sunday, April 15th @ 1:00 pm, University Art, J Street, Sacramento for this *free event. (*although…gotta say, a donation would be pretty awesome)   **Register Now**

Adele Shaw – The Infinite Pattern: creating patterns while working with encaustic paint (and how to bind an Encaustic Artists Book)

In this demonstration Adele will explain use of tools and materials to facilitate patterns under, in and on top of an encaustic surface. She will also explore less popular materials and how to build and bind an artists book.


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Adele Shaw’s painting is influenced by the kinetic energy of the landscape and music. Her work is based in both impressionism and abstract expressionism, often eluding to the sublime power of nature.  She has been working with encaustics since 1998 and leading encaustic workshops since 2001. You can view her work at http://www.adeleshaw.com



Wait – there is more!

We will also have a brief Member Show & Tell after the demo. It is always fun to see what everyone has been up to! Please bring 1 piece of encaustic art that you would like to share with the group and be prepared to share your inspiration and/or process for a maximum of 5 minutes.


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Welcome to SWA Dianne Poinski!

Sierra Wax Artists is pleased to announce our newest board member Dianne Poinski!

While attending college to pursue an accounting degree, Dianne took a black and white
photography course to help satisfy the art requirement. Passion for photography developed
almost immediately and her goal of becoming a CPA quickly disappeared.

Dianne loves any process that allows for a more "hands on" experience with her work. For over
20 years she hand-colored her black and white photographs. In 2014 she took a “photo
encaustic” workshop and found a new way to create original art with her photographs.

These works are archival, color inkjet prints, mounted on a panel, then coated with encaustic
medium (beeswax and resin). Fusing with a heat gun or torch is required for every layer of wax
that is applied. Embellishments were added to create texture and depth with one or more of the
following: pigmented wax, oil paints, pearl powdered pigments or pastels.

Working with wax presents many challenges. Dianne says, “The more I explore this process, the
more I appreciate this quote by photo encaustic artist, Clare O’Neill:

“Perfection and control in photo encaustics is impossible. The process is most satisfying if you
can allow for the unexpected. The imperfection of the work is its own elegance.”


To learn more about Dianne and to see her work, visit her website at www.dpoinski.com.