Combine paradise, wax, printing press and extraordinary artist/teacher, Jeff Juhlin and you'll find the end result of four wonderful days on Maui at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center. As many of you know, my spouse and I have been visiting Maui for years and have snorkeled, surfed, paddled, hiked, whale watched......well, whatever there is to be done - we've done it! But this year, oh THIS YEAR, I found the Hui workshops.
My first workshop was two days of encaustic practical refresher/advanced instruction and beyond, with solid work time under Jeff's masterful and creative leadership. The second workshop was another with Jeff. It was two more days, these being monoprinting instruction and hands on experience. Encaustic work is really my medium of choice but the two days of monoprinting opened up all sorts of ideas and maybe heretofore unknown sections of the right side of my brain:)
Steve and I will be on Maui for several more weeks and although who could turn down Maui, I admit I would love to be in my studio right now. I'm jotting down plans and ideas for work and can hardly wait to fire up my heat gun and hot wax! I hope to have a few photos up soon of the new work I've completed in the last few days but right now (I'm on Steve's computer so downloading, etc.) you'll do yourself a favor if you wait for my photos and hop over to Jeff's site and take a look at his beautiful work.....a real treat!!! Aloha!
So tell me, where did YOUR January go? Mine, although not wanting to ever waste or count days and/or complain but mine has been a greeeeeeyyyyy, foggy one here in Walla Walla. Meant for hibernation, reading, and lots of waxing in the studio. Now with just a couple of January days left, I'm dreaming of -
#1. a warm, sunny month OUT of hibernation
#2. 4 days of Encaustic (waxing artwork) Workshops
#3. Paddleboarding, jogging, and yoga
Yep, folks it's MAUI time:) I'll be in touch. In the meantime, there's more new work up on my website - stop by:) Aloha!!
To friends and family - it's going to be a great year - plan on it:) Have been a busy bee (couldn't resist the pun) working in the encaustic (melted wax) part of my workspace since the day after Christmas. Prepping for a late spring show - yep, it's on my calendar and I'll keep you posted. Some of the new work on the website may make the cut for that event. We'll see. Drop by and take a look!