Ancient + Modern ..PhotoEncaustic with Clare ONeill

“Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.” …



Ireland is rugged and real. It’s an island on the edge of the world with a direct connection to the landscape. You can feel the energy in her mountains, beaches, horizons, rocks and textures.

The Irish are a people free in spirit and wild at heart. The culture is both ancient and modern. It’s a place to be nourished spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and creatively.

There is something about Ireland that hits me straight in my heart as I return home to embody the freedom and authenticity of the people and its landscapes.

Join me and let’s create something new together!

Ancient+Modern , Photo Encaustic

August 17th to 24th 2019


About Clare O’Neill

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.

Clare has a deep connection with Ireland. Although born in the US, Clare maintains her Irish Citizenship and is proud that her parents hailed from

Dublin and Co. Monaghan. She has traveled to Ireland 40+ times and in a previous life organized small group tours specifically to Ireland.

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.

What this is

The Photo Encaustic Irish Workshop is a 8-day, 7-night, fully immersive artistic experience designed to accommodate all levels of encaustic abilities. The workshop is located in Mulranney, Co. Mayo.

We’ll cover the entire creative process including:

* Perspective

* Composition

* Photographing

* 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 in Mulranney 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.

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 the people and the landscape of Ireland.

You’ll learn the techniques and what to look out for when photographing with encaustics in mind. After each shoot we’ll download the images and decide which ones will work best for encaustic and for your creative vision.

The afternoons and evenings will be dedicated studio time.

My Artistic Process

Contemporary Photo Encaustic is where photography meets hot beeswax, pigments, texture and playfulness. I wish there was another term for it. Photo encaustic sounds so harsh. En-kaw-stick. It sounds hazardous and industrial. But au contraire. The translucency of the wax and the way the light draws you in is remarkable, seductive, and intoxicating.

I use rich imagery, bold brush strokes, and playful drips to create paintings full of gesture, spontaneity, and motion. It’s a labor-intensive process where the photographs are printed on tissue paper in multiple pieces, and then carefully imbedded into the layers of hot beeswax.

The result—a stunning, modern, ethereal design with a warm textural appeal.
See for yourself.

This 7 night/8 day all inclusive creative journey will be hosted by The Essence of Mulranny Studio, run and operated by artists, Lora Murphy & Cheryl Cobern Browne and located in the quaint coastal village of Mulranny! A place full of rugged beauty, fascinating history and endless inspiration! 

All meals included


We invite you to imagine standing on the panoramic hillside of our studio, taking in the spectacular views of Clew bay and Croagh Patrick (Ireland’s holy mountain).

Open your heart to the profoundly moving drama of constantly shifting Atlantic skies, reflecting a ever changing light show on the bay. The wildness and drama of this spectacular area belie the peace and connection you will feel to Ireland and to this very special place.

Lay on a blanket in the heather and watch the stars emerge on a clear night or walk along the rocky shores, to gather shells, driftwood and memories. Find yourself letting go of the stress of everyday life, feel the mystery and beauty of this land, awakening your senses.

This unspoiled place provide a safe place of inspiration and experimentation to stretch your skills in whatever medium you are working on.

You are warmly invited to stay awhile.

DATES: August 17 to 24, 2019









$500 deposit required to secure place .Deposit is payable via Paypal to



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