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  • While encaustics can be traced back to the egyp-

    tians in its simplest form,

    encaustic art has seen a

    resurgence in popularity

    since the 1990s. With The new invention of Encaustic hotcakes it has never been easier to break into the

    medium! In honor of the this Rsg would like to

    share with you our top 10

    reasons we love this his-

    toric meduim and inovative

    new brand:

    1: Now that hot wax comes in

    individual metal tins with

    the wax and pigment already

    combined it makes my studio

    time with encaustics more

    efficient and safe!

    2: I can use my pancake grid-

    dle for something other

    than pancakes.

    3: I have always wanted an

    excuse to work on art wood

    panels (and i can use up all

    those blank canvases lying

    around).

    4: with the ability to model

    the surface you can feel

    like a sculpture on a 2-d

    project.

    5: my color palette feels

    limitless with 84 colors to

    choose from.

    6: I feel so smart when i

    tell people i use a hake

    brush!

    7: Encaustic painting can be

    reworked immediatly or

    years later with the appli-

    cation of heat.

    8: eco-friendly damar resin

    indulges my attempts to go green.

    9: works well with supplies

    i already have, like oil and arylic paint.

    10: i never hesitate jumping

    in to a project with my en-

    caustics because the clean

    up is so easy!

    Above: Seth Fitts talking with onlooker while painting in window of Rome Street Gallery during 2010 Mayfest in downtown Carrollton.Below: Recent artwork of Seth Fitts that can be viewed at his upcoming show in July.

    When we here, at Rome Street Gallery, found out that Seth Fitts had a show coming up in July at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center we were absolutley ecstatic. Like most Carrolltonians we crave new work from arguably one of Carrollton's most beloved local artists; but then we started thinking, this would be a great opportunity to get to know the artist just a little bit better. Who is the man behind the work? What is the "artists lifestyle" like for him? A creative force dating all the way back to grade school; it is no surprisethat he has been featured in over a dozen group and solo exhibitions. The engaging worlds he depicts in his work is what keeps us coming back for more time and time again, but it is that precise "symbolist illustration" style (a phrase coined by the artist himself) that drives our desire to know more.

    Rome Street Gallery: How did you get into art?Seth Fitts:: Ive always been interested in illustrations. My Artistic ability was noticed in 2nd grade with a weekly Monday assignment of writing and drawing about the weekends happenings. RSG: How many shows have you had?SF: Combining group and solo shows, around 17.RSG: Can you give a brief artist statement?SF: Art, that is ART, must have soul. It must affect the viewer internally, in both the heart and the mind. In my work I try to explore the idea or essence of the subject matter. For example, I try to convey more than just a bird but the spirit of the bird.

    CONTINUED INSIDE..............

    whats Inside:SETH FITTS INTERVIEW:Continued interview with seth fitts. See more of his artwork from his upcoming show and find out what top 5 art supplies he cant live without!

    Class Registration:Get ahead of the curve! Find out what classes Rome Street Gallery will be offering this summer with a look ahead at the fall listings.

    Erase Those Fears Away:All your questions about Erasers are answered with RSGs Insider Giude to choosing the right Eraser!

    Canvas: Come and Get It!Check out why time and time again artists turn to Rome Street Gallery for all their Canvas needs.

    Calendar:We have put together a calendar of this months happenings to keep you in the know of all the art activities going on.

    Coupons!Ok, we know this is the real reason you read this newsletter. Go on, we won't look, you can skip ahead.

    RecycleWe wouldn't want you to be waistful, so go check out our cool suggestion on how to recycle your paper!

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    RSG: What do you want people to take away from your show?SF: I hope that the viewer leaves with more than what they came in with; I hope they leave a little more inspired, enlightened. RSG: Is there anything you are doing for this show that we haven't seen from you before?SF: More obvious mixed media techniques are being explored and will be seen.RSG: How do you go about preparing for a solo exhibition?SF: I am in the studio working almost daily so preparation is little. It seems I am constantly making some sort of artwork whether it be drawing or painting. I do my best to stay motivated and continue making artwork.RSG: Now that you have done a few shows do you find that you approach them all the same or is it different with every one?SF: I think I approach them mostly the same. Then again, special circumstances call for special measures.RSG: Who are your major artistic influences?SF: There are many more influences but these are the artists who have had the most impact on my artwork. Morris Graves (an influence during college) Leonard Baskin(influence during college and now) Holly Roberts (an influence during college... and now) Dave McKean (long time influence)RSG: Where do you get inspiration for your work? is it from real life experiences or is it more of a conceptual approach?SF: Its a little of both. I had a death in the family 16 years ago and it, plus other life experiences, fuel the concept I have in my artwork.RSG: How do you feel your work fits into modern artistic culture?SF: I am unsure how it fits. RSG: Do you consider yourself more of an artist, illustrator or a hybrid of both?SF: Definitely a hybrid of both. Even in though I make just an illustration, I still try to make it more so by adding some meaningful symbols and such.RSG: Being an illustrator sketching is obviously an important part of your work; do you find that you are always sketching or does it come from a more organic place?SF: Its both. I am almost always sketching and drawing and since I do that, the organic, more creative, is free to take charge while I work on a piece.

    RSG: What is the continuous thread between your work? Are they connected esthetically or is there an underlying conceptual story line or thread?SF: I feel all my pieces are connected with the conceptual story line.RSG: I've noticed experimentation in your work, do you consider this an important step in the creative process or is it simply a vehicle for adding visual interest?SF: Again both. Experimentation leads to a more creative process and at the same time adds interest. Experimentation allows for me to create a piece in a unique way I otherwise may not have thought of.RSG: What avenues of mediums have you explored more recently?SF: As of late I have been experimenting with image transfers mostly.RSG: Is exploration of mediums something you promote in you class above other things?SF: Yes, that and I urge the students to paint the idea rather than the thing.RSG: How do you feel teaching has influenced your work?

    SF: I think teaching children has affected the figures that show up in my work and both children and adults have given me other ideas to experiment with in my work.RSG: If you could suggest any 5 supplies for a new artist to use what would they be?SF: I wont count brushes because I think they go along with the medium and paint. -Golden Matte Medium -Conte Pierre Noir pencil -Golden Paints -Pastel chalk (Rembrandt is good) -2b pencil(Cretacolor, Faber-Castell, & Prismacolor makes great ones)RSG: What are your top 5 supplies that you love or go back to time and time again? -Golden Matte Medium -Conte Pierre Noir 2b pastel pencil -2b pencil -Golden paints -Rembrandt Pastelsok, I have to add one more....... -Rives BFK paper (the cream is my favorite)

    RSG: So lets end this with a fun question, What is you favorite color and why?SF: Yellow Ochre. It is the most versatile with drawing or painting and it just makes a great, luminous tone.

    Beginning Watercolor:Start date: Tuesday August 176 weeks $1203:00-5:00pm or 7:00-9:00pmFigure Drawing:Start date: Wednesday September 1, 6 weeks $1457:00-9:00pm with modelBeginning Oil:Start date: MondaySeptember 13, 6 weeks $1203:00-5-00pm or 6:00-8:00pmAcrylic Painting:Start date: Saturday July 35 weeks $100 10:00-12 noon

    orStart date: Wednesday July 285 weeks $100 10:00-12noonEncaustics Workshop:Wednesday July 21, 9:00-1:00pm 1 day, all supplies included, $60

    orSaturday August 7 9:00-1:00pm1 day, all supplies included, $60

    Reservations Required770-838-4993

    Shop Rome Street Gallery for All Your Canvas Needs !Be honest, sometimes the hardest part of starting a new piece of art work is finding the Canvas size you need. Thats why, we here at Rome Street Gallery, we keep a wide range of canvas sizes in stock. This way no matter what size you need, wethere it is little 5x5 or you are feeling more

    adventurous and want to work with a 60x72 you can rest assure RSG will fulfill all your canvas needs. Oh, and dont forget, we are always priced at 40% off list!

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    how to pick the

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    kneaded eraser:

    An essential tool

    for the sketching, pastel, and charcoal artist, this kneadable

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