Inspirations

Watching a lake’s peacefulness, stillness, reflections, energy and beauty during the spring, summer, fall and winter have been inspirations over the last few years. I usually pick one scene on the lake such as the sun’s light hitting the variegated green leaves of a pickerelweed and then bouncing onto the head of their purple blue flowers and finally floats aimlessly down towards the surrounding water. In my mind I try to capture that moment in time and that image will become an idea for one of my paintings.

The artistic process is not stagnant but full of surprises so rarely do I confine myself to a preparatory drawing or photographs taken at the various locations because another direction could take place when seeing the coloured wax spontaneously move across the surface or an unusual connection between an organic line, dot and circle found in a flower or a blade of grass. Then, the addition of a line next to a hard-edged painted curved line within the water’s edge can also take me on another path. Spontaneity by letting the creative process flow and then intuitively responding to the details from my surroundings are what I cherish about the artistic process.

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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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