Sunday, February 2, 2014

Revised 01/04/2014
Encaustic Painting Workshops
with Norman Soskel and Judith Barrie
Fridays at the Germantown Hobby Lobby on Exeter

Norman Soskel, president of BluesWax, a chapter of the International Encaustic Artists, and  Judith Barrie, secretary of
BluesWax will conduct basic and extended techniques workshops in  encaustic painting for artists of  all levels of
experience using this most archival of processes. Learn the techniques of painting with encaustic paint that have survived
2500 years and use modern materials to produce beautiful works that utilize the translucency and brilliance that only
beeswax can provide. In these 5 hour workshops, the student will have an appreciation for the safe use of encaustic
materials, understand the historical aspects and materials and tools available, use various techniques that include incising,
mark making, photo transfers, layering and others.

Norman Soskel is an artist known for his expertise in photography and painting with encaustic paints and has developed an
international reputation for unique techniques.  

Judith Barrie is known for her watercolors and oil paintings as well as her
encaustic monotypes. These workshops will bring to the attendee aspects of that experience and each person will produce 3-
4 pieces during the day.

Cost: $100 (all supplies, tools, etc. included)
Location: Hobby Lobby Hours: 12:00-5:00 PM each session
1991 Exeter Road These workshops are for adults (18 and above) only
Germantown, TN 38138

Space is Limited so Get Your Deposit in Soon

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Workshop Registration Form
City____________________________________________State______Zip Code__________
E-mail:_______________________________________________Phone: (___)__________________
Please specify the date(s) of the session(s) you wish to attend:

Basic Techniques
____February 8, 2014           ______February 28, 2014           _____ April 11, 2014

Extended Techniques (basic techniques or significant prior expertise required as pre-requisite)
____March 14, 2014             _____ May 23, 2014                    _____ June 27, 2014

To reserve your place in the workshop send registration form and a minimum of $35 deposit (for each workshop
you wish to attend) made payable to Norman Soskel to:
 Norman Soskel
2223 Wickersham Lane
Germantown, TN 38139

The remainder of the workshop fee is due by the date of the session.

For additional information please contact Norman Soskel,  or
901 230 8083.

Note: Deposit is not refundable.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Encaustic Workshops

Upcoming Events

Free Demonstration

Judith Barrie and Norman Soskel will provide a FREE demonstration of encaustic painting. This will consist of painting with encaustic paints on wooden panels as well as encaustic monotypes.
Experience the wonderful world of the ancient technique of encaustic painting using modern materials for FREE. The demonstration will be held this Sunday, October 13, 2013 and December 1, 2013,  between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM at the Kimbrough Woods Clubhouse (see address and map below). A few of their pieces of art will be available for purchase.

The address is 2221 Kimbrough Woods Place.  

Encaustic Workshops

Norman Soskel will teach encaustic painting workshops at the Germantown Hobby Lobby (on Exeter) beginning in October.
The first workshop will be a basic workshop teaching the history, safety, materials and methods. The curriculum is designed for those who have not had prior experience with encaustic or who want to learn the proper use of the medium. It will be a 6 hour workshop from 12:30 PM until 6:30 PM starting October 25. Attendees will produce between 3 and 5 pieces of art during the day. After the initial workshop, basic workshops will be at the same time and location on the second Friday of each month.
Starting November 22, extended encaustic workshops will be held at the same time and place on the 4th Friday of each month. This will provide additional techniques not covered in the basic workshop. The basic workshop is a prerequisite for the extended workshop.
These workshops are for adults only.
In addition, Norman teaches private lessons, to be arranged individually, in his studio.
For additional information contact Norman at 901 230 8083 or  send an e-mail to him at
To visualize some of the encaustic paintings Norman has produced, go to his web site: Two examples are included below. These pieces demonstrate the incredible vibrancy of color and luminosity that can be achieved with encaustic painting.
No prior experience in using encaustic paints is necessary for the basic workshop. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Romare Bearden

Yesterday Judith and I visited the Brooks Museum in Memphis, TN specifically to see the Bearden exhibit which was recommended by our colleague/friend/artist, Annabelle Meacham. The exhibit was far more interesting than I had expected. There was a video with Bearden explaining a number of his techniques and ideas. Frequently during the video we see him cutting out shapes with a scissors and pasting them into a collage, quickly and effortlessly. Incredible!

I've decided to copy the brochure and place it in the blog. I've not taken time to photograph professionally but with my iPhone so the images are often not squared or light balanced.

This quotation was in the exhibit but not in the brochure.
Cover of brochure

Sunday, September 9, 2012

EncausitCon 2012 - Final Days

The International Encaustic Artists' Board and all the committees have produced an incredible conference with an atmosphere of camaraderie and open sharing of ideas that is hard to match. They've spent countless hours on this conference and the results show it. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I have been asked to participate with a lecture or demo again next year. I would personally like to thank all the people involved in producing this event. Here are a few of the images I took over the last few days since the previous post.

Michelle Belto, this year's boss
Me with Johanna Gardner, 2nd in command

Janet Hickok and I,  Photo by Judith Barrie

Me with Harriet Tsosie, Photo by Judith Barrie

Daniella Woolf and I, Photo by Judith Barrie

Rodney Thompson and I, Photo by Judith Barrie

Katherine DaLuz Maple, techno boss

IEA's Decision Making Process, Dianne Erickson

Larraine Seiden with Her Painting That I Won

Me and Linda Womack, Photo by Judith Barrie

Jess Green, Linda Womack and Judith Barrie

Eileen Goldenberg and I, Photo by Judith Barrie

Robert Dodge, Margaret Bertrand and I

Patricia Seggebruch and I

Dianne Erickson

Manuela Kalestiantz
Diane Kleiss

Josie Rodriguez and Judith Barrie

Willow Bader

Me with Next Year's Boss, Ann-Marie Barker
Some things don't change....
Munchie machines
Sculpture in Downtown San Antonio
Bar Scene, Texas Style
Construction Site of New Performing Arts Center
Artist's Rendition of Final Product

San Antonio Sunset Skyline Panorama