Worked This Time

Ok, I followed the procedure this time and the wax came out perfectly.  I made these cupcakes out of wax in large and small sizes.  I can now go onto the next step and make some coloured wax with my oil paints.  

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This picture shows my wax melting set up.  I have the thermometer and my electric griddle surface to heat the wax.  I set the temperature at 200 degrees.  

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This is my small footprint in my second bedroom/guestroom.  I hope we have no visitors over the next few months.  

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All the equipment has been purchased and you can see my wax cupcakes made.  

What a mess this medium is and I am not sure that I will be able to continue with the process.  I have to find a way to create the artwork in small steps because I can see that my area will become so overwhelming with materials and wax works.  If this works and I am successful with the end products then I will be happy.  I hope I don’t give up on this adventure.  

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Author: Anna

I am a painter and sculptor and have a studio beside a beautiful lake. For the past 40 years, I designed and built puppets, masks and sculptures and had solo exhibitions of these works. In 2013, I went back to painting and started working in encaustic. I am interested in issues of identity in terms of weavings as coverings to protect or to hide. The intersecting lines that I create over landscapes create an internal conversation versus the external between nature vs. nurture. Or how actual or psychological barriers erected in an environment can disrupt a cherished place. My engagement with woven structures speak to complex dialogues between identity and psychological barriers. My second passion is teaching. I try to encompass more than teaching my students art techniques. I encourage students to, not only learn the language of art, but to also engage in critiquing art. Additionally, we continually explore ways to enhance one's voice through art in relation to contemporary and historical issues. Encaustic adventures is a blog where not only processes and techniques are taught, but hopefully this sites will engage in a dialogue about the making of art, notions of voice, identity, themes, and ways to establish a body of work within an historical contexts.

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