Play Days with Lines – Drastic Intervention!!!!!

Still working on lines for my composition. I also decided to limit my palette to browns and white. Well, that did not work. I have always worked with a lot of colors (blues, violet, reds, purples, etc) and making myself work with such a limited palette drove me crazy. I was working on the following line study.

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Well, what frustrations. I first added two layers of clear wax medium to the surface of the canvas. Then added brown rusty colored ribbons for the lines in the square. I then painted watercolor paper surface with a variety of blacks and blue watercolor paint. After the paint dried, cut the paper for the blackish blue vertical lines. In between the black/blue vertical lines I placed crimson yarn vertically.   Then, (the hard part) I added wax, yellow/brown into the spaces between the vertical lines and had a hard time fussing and ironing the wax between the lines. The wax covered the vertical lines so I had to scrape away the wax with a pottery tool. Also, when the wax melted with the underneath colors it changed the color underneath and the result was a muddy mess. Here is the first version:Image

So, what do I do now? I have to do something drastic such as taking my iron and heat gun to the work with my intuition and not brains. I have to break the elements apart step by step and see if something comes out of this or this piece will end up on the chopping block.  I rarely am afraid of destroying a work because sometimes, by accident, it starts to work and I am back on track and the work takes a turn for the better.

I needed to use brighter colors and take off the dark blue lines and add lighter lines to pick up the energy of the colors. I see that using lighter lines next to the center square punched the colors of the whole piece and it did not look as muddy. I am not sure it this works yet. I find the that the composition is a bit stiff with the balance of the square in the middle. I feel that it canvas should have been a bit longer because the image appears to tight. That is the problem with a square format. I feel the need to add another square underneath to elongate it. Here is the final version.

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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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