Another Drastic Change

I still am not happy with the technique and the stiffness of the black reeds on this painting. The wax is too hard to control because I can’t do thin lines or blend in the same way as I do with a brush and acrylic paint.  I will work on the techniques of applying wax in order to keep the elements of the water and the shorelines. I also like woking on a high horizon line with the busyness at the top and the water reflections extending from the top to the bottom. This painting focuses on water reflections at the shoreline. I have finally discovered a technique using the iron to blend the colors into each other. I like the results using lines to suggest water and plant formations. This one still needs more work on the top because it looks so stiff.

shoreline #3

I just did not like the stiff reeds in the above painting so I heated up the top area with my hot air gun and scraped off the reeds down to the paper.   I turned it around and saw that the water suggested sky so added plant like formations over the bottom which suggested wild flowers and plants in a field.

Here is the final study and I hope it is done. I have a lot of difficulty telling myself that a painting is finished and keep looking at it for days.  I start seeing that a colour needs to be added, or a line is too straight, or an area pops out too much.  So, I work on it and sometimes destroy the painting or sometimes the changes improves the work.  Once I am satisfied with all of the elements and principles in a painting then I can relax and not work on it again. I think this one is finished because I do like the colours in the composition and there is nothing that I want to add of take away. This is a 16″ X 16″ canvas.

Wild Flowers


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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