Summer 2018 Art Festival Lineup

Rachel Brask is pleased to announce the lineup of summer and fall festivals and open studios in which she will be exhibiting her artwork. Links for more general information about each event has been provided below. Since some of the festivals aren’t for several months, check back to the links occasionally, as each organizer will be updating their event’s info as details are finalized for each event. 

July 15 (3-7pm): EP Heritage Days Festival, Pierce Field, 201 Mercer Street, East Providence, RI. Rachel will be at the HeARTspot Art Center booth.
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August 11 (11am-6pm): Looff Arts Festival, Crescent Park, 700 Bullocks Ave, E. Providence (Riverside), RI.
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August 18 (12-5pm): Attleboro Expo for the Senses, Attleboro, MA.
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September 8-9 (11am-5pm): Slater Park Fall Festival, Slater Park, Pawtucket, RI
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October 13-14: Seekonk Open Studios
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Above photo by Eric Johnson



Coloration Exploration Class: Reds

We began our summer 2018 Coloration Exploration Class at the Fuller Creative Learning Center with a sense of wonder — there is just so much to learn about color! We can’t possibly begin to cover it all in just an hour and a half class in six sessions…but we would cover asmuch as we can, and have fun with it too! Each week we will cover one main color (hue), the history and origins of its pigments, some of the psychological/emotional/cultural associations of the color, and then create monochromatic paintings in each of those colors.
IMG_0737The very first class we spent the whole time just on the fundamental introductions of color, what we will cover, and in making a basic color wheel of hues, shades, tints, and more.

The first color we tackled was red, which tends to be one of the earliest known pigments to be used in early cave paintings, using a reddish ochre or mud-made pigment. Red has many opposite meanings all in the same color, depending on which source you consult. After covering some of the history and associations of the color, we made a palette of many red variations, then students were encouraged to paint a small segment of our all-red still life set up in the center of the room. In the next class we have, I will am to talk less and let the students paint more.

Experimenting with Encaustic Rain

Hello! You are one of the few with whom I am sharing this exclusive content. As one of my email subscribers, I value your input and feedback about my artwork. You may be familiar with my Abstracted Rainy Moments oil paintings evoking the sensation of looking through a window during a rainstorm. Now I’m thinking of using a different medium and technique to translate my rainy series into encaustic, or painting with wax!

Take a look at some of my good, and some not-so-good, results of my experimentation with wax, during a one-day workshop with instructor Taleen Batalian. Let me know which direction you like or don’t like for whatever reason and comment below, or email me your thoughts to rbraskartworks[at]

Here is my workspace setup for this experimentation:


Attempt #1: This is the first attempt at creating a composition using the rainy pointillism technique I usually employ with oil paint, but the texture and quick cooling of the hot wax made for a different challenge.


Attempt #2: Instead of applying gobs of colored wax, instead I painting a thin layer of oil paint over the first fused layer of smooth wax. After, I applied another layer of that of the smooth wax. After this top layer of wax had cooled, I took some of my shaped carving palette knives and experimented with carving out some texture that could potentially be read as the lines of falling rain in the background layers of the “painting.”


Attempt #3: At the suggestion of my instructor, Taleen, my third attempt at this process started with getting a new board and painting oil paint directly on the wood panel, without any wax in between. After I finished the painting, I took some of the differently colored waxes and dripped little drops in the areas already masked by the same oil paint background. Then I applied a very light coating of wax to this composition. Letting it dry and cool, I returned to it and applied a hot iron to smear the colors instead of using the heat gun.


Attempt #4: I took the Attempt #2 textured final look, and pushed oil paint into the crevices to then wipe the surface for a scrimshaw effect to highlight the carved out lines. After doing this, I put a layer of wax over it. Just as our time was coming to an end, I took a brush of each of the colors of hot wax I used and free dripped it from the top of the panel to let it drip down the panel as the wax dried. Here’s the final result from that process.

Work in Progress Photos for Beach Rain Triptych May-June 2018

In May-June 2018, I created a triptych inspired by the composition of an earlier painting of a rainy day at the beach. Following are the sequence of how the painting came together, phase by phase.

Rachel Brask in Coastal Themed Exhibition at Sprout Gallery July 2018

Rachel Brask  will have up to 10 of her coastal-inspired paintings of beaches, oceans, coastal sunsets, and dunes. Some of these paintings are from her residency in Truro at the Castle Hill Center for the Arts in March 2018. This exhibition will include several other artists, full list TBA.

Sprout Coworking Gallery is located at 166 Valley Street, Building 6M Suite 103, Providence, RI. Sprout Gallery will be hosting a Providence Gallery Night reception with the artists in attendance on Thursday, June 19, 5-9pm, open to the public.

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