Clare O’Neill presents
Photo Encaustic Equine Workshop
For encaustic photographers of all levels
Registration is OPEN
Workshop Dates – September 16 to 22, 2017
So you’re wondering where to go next with your images.
It’s been a long time since you’ve ‘played’ and felt totally free in your art.
You want to expand your artistic vision and incorporate more color, life and movement into your photographs.
You’re ready to unleash your creativity and find new and playful ways to add depth, texture and mystery to your work.
And here’s how you can do all that…
Join me in Wyoming to photograph and create photo encaustic images of horses.
September 16 to 22, 2017
The Photo Encaustic Equine Workshop includes 5 full days of photographing, editing and critiquing images, and then creating paintings using hot beeswax, pigments and oils – all at the base of the beautiful Bighorn Mountains on a Wyoming dude ranch.
HORSES ARE MAGNIFICENT CREATURES, HIGHLY SENSITIVE AND SUPER INTUITIVE, THEY POSSES A RARE MYSTICAL QUALITY.
The Australian poet Pam Brown captured it best when she declared,
“A horse is the projection of people’s dreams about themselves — strong, powerful,
beautiful — and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.”
The majestic qualities and sheer power of a horse makes us feel powerful and like anything is possible. Being with horses can help us feel as though our lives are free from restrictions.
Photo Encaustic feels like this too.
Rich imagery, bold brush strokes, playful drips, all creating paintings full of gesture, spontaneity and motion.
Working with beeswax you don’t always see everything in the image,
in fact it’s what you don’t see that can make the image so much more powerful.
Combine this with the power and beauty of a horse and you
have something simply magical…
Horses ignite something deep within us, within our souls. Strong yet incredibly sensitive, they move with both a grace
and a unpredictable fierceness. Their big personalities are expressive,
and all of this makes them an amazing subject.
“Clare’s Equine workshop was an incredible experience I’ll never forget.”
Watching Clare complete a piece of artwork gave me so much valuable information and knowledge and I am proud of what I was able to accomplish. I now have the confidence to pursue this amazing art form to the fullest. Clare, I was blown away by your patience and generosity, I can’t thank you enough. – Glenda Wansborough
What this is
The Photo Encaustic Equine Workshop is a 5-day, 6-night, fully immersive artistic experience designed to accommodate all levels of encaustic abilities. The workshop is located at Eaton’s Ranch in Wolf, Wyoming.
We’ll cover the entire creative process including:
- Editing (determining what photos work best for encaustic)
- Encaustic techniques
Apart from owning (and knowing your way around) your own camera and equipment, you’ll also need to bring a laptop, be able to download images, and be comfortable using your own editing software.
We’ll have a large studio set up at the ranch to accommodate all levels of photo encaustic artists. If you are familiar with the techniques you can start working your images right away.
If you are new to the techniques we’ll spend the first couple of days learning the process step-by-step.
There are approximately two hundred horses at the ranch, but we’ll only focus on a handful of horses at a time, as simple images work best with the encaustic medium.
We’ll begin by exploring the work of other photo encaustic artists and start to get a feel for the mood and tone of images that most inspire you. This is where you’ll start to hone your creative vision.
Each morning we’ll rise and head straight out to take photographs. You’ll have the opportunity to take images of horses running, as well as portraiture shots with the horses and their wranglers.
You’ll learn the techniques and what to look out for when photographing horses – like ears forward, running up hill, mane flowing, and other distinctions that will make your photo magical.
Seeing free horses through the viewfinder of your camera you see power, might, fearlessness, and excitement. Feel your heart rhythm increase when they break into a gallop. It is a humbling experience as well as a powerful one.
If it’s your thing you’ll also be able to go out for a ride each day after lunch. This will be another great opportunity to get some portraiture images of the horses with their wranglers in some of the most beautiful settings you can imagine.
After each shoot we’ll download the images and decide which ones will work best for encaustic and for your creative vision.
The mornings and evenings will be dedicated studio time.
Our studio, Howard Hall, at Eaton’s Ranch, Wolf, Wyoming.
About the course creator
Clare is a professional photographer, experienced photo encaustic artist and passionate teacher.
She teaches about using photography as a tool for re-awakening creativity and self-expression while taking your photographs to new dimensions and creative possibilities.
Through her popular online and in person programs and workshops Clare provides support, inspiration and strategies to photographers all over the world who are looking to expand their artistic vision through the encaustic medium.
To learn more about Clare go here.
“I had the time of my life at Eaton’s Ranch.”
I can’t wait to go back again this year. Thank you Clare for giving me the tools, and holding space, for me to open up emotionally and creatively. – Elizabeth Patrenos
At first I was a little anxious about the whole encaustic process because I didn’t quite know what to expect – but I didn’t need to be. In a really short time my eyes have been opened to a world of new creative possibilities for my photographs. It felt like I was ‘breaking the rules’ but I’m so happy with my images and very proud to display them. – John Olson
Clare is a knowledgeable, encouraging and talented instructor. Open to questions (I had many), she even gently posed some important ones back to me about my art, goals and dreams. I left her workshop a more confident artist and person. I look forward to taking more classes with her.
– Patricia Christakos
Before taking Clare’s class I had no idea about the process, all I knew was I loved the results. Since taking the class I now have an exciting new way to present my photography and make it really stand out. – Kay Geraghty
Clare’s program not only elevated my fine-art work, it boosted my confidence and identification as an artist. For the first time in 25+ years as a photographer I actually feel like an artist thanks to Clare. For me it’s all about the physical and creative energy that I put into creating an encaustic piece, which is very different from digitally manipulating an image by adding layers and textures on my computer. Thank you Clare for your instruction, information, inspiration, and encouragement! – Kelly Fitzsimmons
Frequently Asked Questions
How much photography experience do I need?
We’ve had people who haven’t done much photography and show up with their point and shoot cameras and we’ve had people who are professional photographers…..and everything in between. All you need to know if how to get the photos off your camera on to a jump drive so they can be printed.
What kind of supplies will I need?
You will need to bring minimal supplies aside from any favorite
materials and mark-making tools that you may require. A list of available materials will be provided several weeks prior to the workshop.
I have quite a bit of experience with encaustic but want to come, photograph, and work on pieces. Is this workshop right for me?
Since this is such a unique one-of-a-kind experience as there are no other workshops offering photographing a herd of 200 horses in conjunction with photo encaustic. There will be some participants who are experienced equine photographers who want to learn the photo encaustic process. There will be some participants who are well versed in photo encaustic techniques and want to the experience of photographing horses. And there will be some participants who are new to equine photography and photo encaustic techniques. The workshop will accommodate all levels.
When does the workshop start and when does it end?
Plan on arriving before dinner on Saturday September 16th and departing after breakfast on Friday September 22nd.
Which airport do I fly into?
There is a small regional airport located in Sheridan, which has a code share with frontier and United through Denver. Otherwise, the Billings Montana airport is served by most major airlines. You can rent a car for the two-hour drive from Billings, or complimentary ranch transportation can be arranged in advance.
Is it possible to plan an extra night either before or after the workshop?
Absolutely, just let us know. The cost for an extra night is $220 per person, per night.
Can someone join me who is not taking the workshop?
Yes. The cost for someone not attending the workshop is $220 per day. They are welcome to join our group for meals, and rides (as long as they don’t mind us stopping to photograph along the way) otherwise, they can go off and do their own riding during the day.
I haven’t ridden a horse in years can I still ride?
Yes, of course. Every participant will have the opportunity to ride and for one or two photo shoots we will ride to the location. These will be simple rides and if you are uncomfortable riding we will make every accommodation we can to get you to the site. But you may have to walk part of the distance.
How fit do I need to be?
Although the ranch is 7,000-acres we won’t be covering the entire ranch. As a group we will go on 1 or 2 easy rides to shoot. If you are uncomfortable with riding you can choose to walk to these destinations or if someone is available from the ranch they can bring you via ATV.
Is there a weight limit to ride a horse?
Although Eaton’s doesn’t have an official weight limit–250 lbs seems to be the industry standard. Once a rider’s weight hits 20% of the horses weight it becomes a welfare issue for the horse. Eaton’s will ask you your height and weight so as to pick an appropriate horse for you.
Is Internet available at the ranch?
Kinda. Broadband access is available in the main lodge but the signal is patchy at best, especially during peak periods.
What are the payment/cancellation policies?
A non-refundable deposit of $497 is due upon registration for this workshop. Balance will be due 60 days prior to workshop. In the unlikely event that a workshop must be cancelled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits are refunded in full. This determination will be made at least 30 days prior to the workshop. Taylor & O’Neill is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets or other travel related expenses in the event of a workshop cancellation.
Cancellation between 30-59 days prior to workshop: Refund less 30%
Cancellation between 15-29 days prior to workshop: Refund less 50%
Cancellation between 0-14 days prior to workshop: No Refund
By the end of the workshop you’ll have more skills, greater creative inspiration and your very own beautiful works of art (or two, or ten!) to hang in your home or gallery.
September 16 to 22, 2017
Looking forward to seeing you at the Ranch.