Terra: Adventure Begins Oct 7th

I'd like to invite you to come on an adventure with me. There’s no need to worry about packing, airports or lost luggage because I’m talking about virtual travel; a form of mental globe trotting.

I’ve been traveling like this for months now... hiking up mountains to view distant valleys, wading through tide pools that stretch out beyond the horizon and exploring lush exotic gardens filled with rare botanicals. This is all my conception, of course, but when I’m depicting this place through my artwork, it becomes very real to me. So real that I can sense the mist on my skin, feel the mossy ground under my feet and smell the intoxicating perfumes of it’s strange and wild flora.

An exhibition of my latest work, revealing this inner universe, will be on display next month at Hall Spassov Gallery. I invite you to bring your imagination and join me for the debut of Terra: New Encaustic Works. 

Opening reception: Friday, Oct. 7th from 5pm to 9pm.

800 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 150, Bellevue, WA 98004

Collectors Preview -  Sunday, Oct. 2nd: In addition to the opening on October 7th, the gallery will also be hosting a special Collectors Preview of TERRA at their auxiliary studio space on Oct. 2nd from 12 - 5. All are welcome to the preview event but you’ll need to RSVP the gallery beforehand in order to attend.

Attend the Collectors Preview RSVP


Open Studios @ INSCAPE

It's time for the summer Open Studios Event at INSCAPE

Come get inspired by this historic Seattle building now home to more than 100 artists and creative entrepreneurs. Join us on Sunday, June 5th, from 1pm to 6pm as we open our doors to the public for the first time this year. Take advantage of the Free Parking for the day in the back lot. 

Don't forget to come by studio 118 and say hello to my new buddy, Winston! 

Here are all the deets:
WHAT: Inscape Open Studios
WHERE: 815 Seattle Blvd, Seattle WA 98134
WHEN: Sunday, June 5th - 1pm to 6pm
Check out the Inscape Facebook Page too! 


Blast Off!

How could I have forgottenjust how much fun it is to teach encaustic classes? It’s been several years since I taught my last encaustic workshop and I had put it out of my mind just how delightful it truly is to teach and share my passion for this amazing medium. And as an added bonus, I get to meet so many lovely creative people at the same time. 

Private studio session in progress!

It all came flooding back to me last week as I initiated the re-launch of my Encaustic Workshop Program with two charming ladies from Down Under. They traveled all the way from Melbourne, Australia to join me for a private studio session. How cool is that!?

This was the studio before the encaustic party got going! Calm before the wax storm!

I am honored they made such a great effort to be here and we had an absolute blast flinging wax and creating art in my studio for four days. 

Judy putting some new techniques to the test.

I taught them all my tricks and techniques and they taught me some fun Australian slang words. “No Wingers!” Pronounced like gingers with a “w” and it Means...No Whiners!  

Donna shows off her latest work …
but could not stop laughing!

We laughed a lot and got to know each other while I showed them how to create beautiful encaustic paintings using some of my signature techniques. 


Judy showing off her torch skills! 
Lots of fresh hot wax at the ready! 

Had so much fun with these ladies, Donna and Judy!

My Aussie gals left with arms full of gorgeous new work and all of our hearts filled with a newfound friendship. 

If you would like to join me in the studio I still have a few spots available for the March 5th and June 11th 1-Day Encaustic Intensive and a couple spots in the October 15/16 2-Day Encaustic Immersion Workshop. If a private session is more your speed let’s coordinate our calendars and get you in here before I'm all booked up.  Please visit my Workshops Page on my website for all the deets. 

I am working on a fun commission project at the moment so I’ll fill you in on it once it’s completed.  Stay inspired my friends!

Cheers ~ Alicia


Ice Dreams

Celebrating the first official day of winter with some amazing icy art! 

On Mount Javornik, part of a mountain range in eastern Slovenia, photographer Marko Korosek captured these beautiful images of ice that is formed by high winds and freezing fog.  Some great inspiration here for sculpture. 

Russian photographer Andrew Osokin captures wintery magic at a micro level. Check out these captivating images of ice formations:

Francis Latreille captures mother natures stunning arctic sculptures. Love the dark blues and the beautiful layers. So inspiring...

Any ice art collection must include a few works by one of my favorites…

Andy Goldworthy:

Stay warm and cozy my friends!


They're Back! Workshops in 2016!

Good news my friends…I am offering encaustic workshops in 2016 and have posted the new line up on my website: Encaustic Workshops

Choose a session that's right for you:

1-Day Encaustic Intensive 

2-Day Encaustic Immersion

1, 2 or 3-Day Private Sessions 

Space is limited and early registration is recommended. The April 2-Day is nearly full but I have spaces open for all classes at the moment. 

Join me in the studio for an in depth exploration into the art of painting with encaustic. I will demystify the process of working with this medium and share some of my methods for creating unique painting effects.

Small class size (usually 6 to 8 students) makes for a very personalized learning experience and students of all skill levels gain from the intimate studio environment. Due to the limited number of spaces available per class early registration is recommended to secure your spot.

In combination with encaustic, students will be introduced to the use of image transfer, embedding elements into wax, incorporating mixed media such as oil paint, pastels and paper as well as a variety of mark making devices and techniques. You will learn how to make your own medium and be provided with additional resources on materials and safe studio practices. Basic materials for all workshops will be supplied in the studio for an additional fee. Materials fee includes: panels, encaustic medium and the use of tools.

See you in the studio!


UPDATE: 12 Ways to Motivate an Artist

We all need a little push now and then so I put together this list of tips that have helped me stay motivated and perhaps they can help someone else too…

1. Show Up: This is the single most effective thing you can do to improve your productivity in the studio. Get in there. Even if you are just making phone calls, sorting out your brushes or organizing your supplies. Simply spending time in your studio will get you into the habit of creating. Daily time spent in your studio will improve your productivity.

2. Set Goals: Set goals for yourself and break them down into smaller categories: Long Range, Short Term and Immediate. Example: I am going to paint 5 pieces this month, 2 paintings this week and prep 1 panel this afternoon.

3. Dress the Part: Put on your favorite work clothes for motivation. I have a great pair of funky old shoes (see photo) a beautiful scarf and a paint-encrusted smock that make me feel super creative the moment I slip them on. Discover your power outfit and wear it when you need some extra motivation.

These are my favorite shoes to work in.

4. Connect with Community: Join an online forum and leave comments. Create or join a local chapter for artists in your area and meet once a month to discuss your progress and share resources. Start a blog and invite people to share their comments. Connecting with others will keep you going.

5. Make Yourself Accountable: Tell someone what you are working towards and share your progress with them. Enlist their help to keep you on track. Knowing that someone is waiting to see your results can help maintain your momentum.

6. Lower Your Expectations: Not everything you create will be a masterpiece so allow yourself some time to make the experimental work and rough pieces that will inform your next masterpiece.

7. Open Your Studio: Invite a guest or the whole neighborhood to visit your studio. This will help you to get things organized and asses the amount of work you have ready to display.

8. Apply for Calls: Nothing like a deadline to get you motivated so apply for juried shows and art opportunities and create new work to submit. Even if you don’t get accepted the exercise of assessing your work is invaluable. Here are a few links to organizations that post National Calls For Art and other art opportunities: Art Deadline.com Washington State Arts Commission and National Calls For Entry

9. Take a Class: Sign up for a creative class or workshop. I prefer workshops because they tend to be condensed and intense. This will help you plug into your arts community and connect with like minded folks. It’s easy to comeback to your studio and continue working if you are already in the zone and dressed for the occasion. Arrange to meet with other students after the class.

10. Host an Art Exchange: Throw an art exchange party – Invite guests to bring a small piece of original art in a plain brown wrapper to swap with other guests. When you know your work will be judged by your peers it can motivate you to up your game.

Plain paper wrapping helps hide the identity of each artist.

11. Trade Critiques: Swap critiques with another artist. Share your work and use the feedback you receive to propel your work forward. Make changes and submit the new work for additional feedback – The exchange of ideas will help you stay focused and energized.

12. Give Yourself Permission: This is the most important tip of all...Don’t let other work or a looming deadline trap you into paralysis. The dishes, the laundry and the shopping can wait. Schedule time to be in the studio and give yourself permission to be there.

A few inspiring reads:

Artist to Artist: Inspiration and Advice from Artists Past & Present

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers

To learn more about Alicia Tormey visit aliciatormey.com and Alicia Tormey on Facebook

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If you have other tips for getting motivated please feel free to share them here. I will post some tips on finding inspiration in the coming weeks. Cheers!


Opening Highlights

Wow…it has already been a week since the Sojourns show opened. 

After months of long hours laboring over this body of work it was such a joy to be surrounded by so many friends and followers. The gallery was at capacity for most of the evening. I'm still buzzing from all the love and enthusiasm from that night. Thanks to all you wonderful people who ventured out. And for those of you who longed to be there in spirit here are a few more snapshots from the event…

My profile video, Organic Alchemy, played all through the night projected onto the gallery wall. It was a great way for people to see my process and saved me from having to explain my methods to those unfamiliar with encaustic painting. 

This is one of my favorite pieces in the show titled "Playground". The colors are so vibrant in this one.

Detail from "Playground" 24 x 48 encaustic w/ mixed media

Me with gallery co-owner, Amy Spassov. 

"Braveheart" was glowing under the lights.

  "Grace" made it into the main window. This camera angle makes it look much larger than 48 x 36. The scale is exciting and now I am thinking about creating some gigantic florals.  

These three botanicals look so great stacked together…hope they all go to one home. Would be a shame to break up the family. 

"Diva" found a new home! 


Sojourn: A Temporary Stay

Please join me this Friday, October 2nd for the opening of my solo show: SOJOURNS

Opening Reception: Friday Oct 2 from 5pm - 9pm
Hall | Spassov Gallery
Bellevue WA
Click here for gallery directions and info 

Here's a little preview of the works that will be on display …

Alicia Tormey - Daydreamer  2015- Encaustic w mixed media - 20 x 30 

Alicia Tormey - Carnivore  2015- Encaustic w mixed media - 12 x 12
Alicia Tormey - Grace  2015- Encaustic w mixed media - 48 x 36
Alicia Tormey - Dreamscape  2015- Encaustic w mixed media -12 x 12