I volunteer with the non profit NW Marine Trade Association.  They run events like the NW Paddling Festival and the Seattle Boat Show.  The proceeds from these events support their work with commercial and recreational boating, fishing, water safety, and marine conservation.


The festival is a great annual event to attend if you are interested in learning about or trying out a herd of kayaks, canoes and standup paddleboards.  


I made this watercolor sketch during a brief break in a rather busy weekend.  The colors are vibrant and really lent themselves to this particular way of replicating a painting.


This image was made with beeswax in a process called Encaustic Image Transfer.  Without getting into great detail, it involves burnishing an image into a warm beeswax layer which picks up the pigments from the toner or ink.  You then remove the paper by rubbing it while wet until it literally pills away. Eventually you are left with just the image set into the beewax and no paper.  The process takes some time and care, but the result is transluscent and soft, appearing to both glow and float above the background layer the wax sits on.   The general art of Encaustics is several thousands of years old, dating back to the time of the Greeks.  It is a very durable art form, with examples of it having survived in beautiful condition back from its earliest uses.

2016 NW Paddling Festival

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