A mountain lake has to be one of my favorite types of places. Something about the combination of water, mountains, forest, and beach provides such amazing visual texture. When I was at the Grunewald Guild I visited the Wenatchee Lake State Park twice. I could have taken pictures all day! Here are some texture shots that are inspiring me in my work.


A Grunewald Guild Report

The view from Plain *

A few weeks ago I flew up to Washington state in order to co-teach an encaustic workshop weekend with my good friend Shannon. We had a fabulous time teaching, making art, and enjoying the gorgeous environment. We were at the Grunewald Guild, which is an art center nestled next to the tiny town of Plain, Washington, just 10 minutes away from the Wenatchee Lake State Park. Our students arrived on Friday afternoon and we finished up Sunday morning. They were such troopers to endure our long hours in the studio. We decided that we really would need a week to teach all the wonderful details involved in encaustic painting. We crammed a lot into a short amount of time! Here is a little photo report of our time at the Guild:

We stayed in this building: The Homestead. *

The guild is made up of individual buildings each designated for a different function. This is the fiber house. *

Most building have dorms or sleeping lofts up stairs. *

Stained glass/mosaic studio*

Ceramics studio*

Sleep nook! *

We taught in the studio next door to the mosaics and upstairs from printmaking. 

The setup: one for each student. *

Heat gun *

Blow torch *

Adding color with oil pastels. *

Teachers in aprons. :)

Our outdoor fusing station. *

Fusing masters

Introduction to the medium demonstration. 

Preparing the oil paint to make colored medium. 

Pairs of students shared hot plates for melting the medium. 


The students made amazing pieces. We were very impressed! *

Wenatchee State Park

Our favorite new friend! 

Photographs taken by Shannon Newby are marked with an *.