I had the pleasure of attending Art of the Carolinas in Raleigh in November. This annual event is produced by Jerry’s Artarama and provides a three day sale by Jerry’s and other vendors; there are great prices on all kinds of art supplies. The best part of Art of the Carolinas, though, is the ability to take a day or half day workshop, watch demonstrations, etc. where you can try new things and see techniques, supplies and mediums that you’re not familiar with.
My favorite workshop this year was an oil and cold wax exploration with Jeff Erickson, a very talented artist. I’ve never worked with oil & cold wax before, but had fun trying it. Scroll down for some of the resulting pieces.