After Many Layers and Frustrations I Finished my Second Piece

There is not doubt that I have to have patience with this wax medium.  What a hard medium to work with.  I just can not figure out how to work with the layers because each application of wax makes the layer below so choppy.  I use a heat gun and then take a palette knife to smooth over the surface and this does help a bit.  As I said in my previous blog, my goal is to make this glass surface and I can not do that.  Maybe the wax is not hot enough?   I see videos of other encaustic artists using a brush and pulling the wax across the surface and the wax moves nicely across in one stroke.  Anyway, I kept going on my second piece and after using many different tools ended up with a sort of flower image in the end.  



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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