Hugging the boys goodbye as they set off for their time in Michigan and keeping the car pointed south at a consistent 75mph I begin my five plus hour drive to the Oregon coast. I adore Oregon. I spent the better part of motherhood in the southwest quadrant of Portland and left behind a lifelong friend; ensuring frequent returns to the area! This trip takes me further south, and west, to Otis; a mini town just inland from Lincoln City. Sitka Center for Art and Ecology has been a landing point for my workshops for the past few years: Encaustic as well as the last of my Watermedia Extravaganzas have tripped a few breakers at Sitka. Nestled into the evergreened foothills of the coastal range, Sitka bodes an amazing backdrop for concentrated, engaging art experiences. As a bonus you can walk down the winding entry road to the trail head and your feet take you to one of the most beautiful vistas overlooking the Pacific Ocean I have ever seen.
For this trip I am here to take-not just give~ :)
I believe and advocate that encaustic supports the inclusion and companionship of every other medium out there. It’s the ‘No one left behind’ theory of encaustic! I intend to continue to prove this summation by adding bindery to my repertoire. I have had a lifelong fascination with books, paper and the written word. It is about time I investigate creating them myself and discover the possibilities in their marriage to my encaustic work! So I divert my attention from the stretching of my heart strings to accommodate Brian’s move to Michigan and delve into book binding and the lush love of paper, book board and waxed linen thread. I can already feel the beeswax playing with the pages…. in love. trish