Wild Flower Studies

I have been trying to paint the shoreline on a larger canvas, 16” X 20, but was not successful. I struggled for a week on that piece and finally gave up. I have always painted on large canvas sizes and doing larger paintings in encaustic is difficult so I will have to practice more on smaller formats.    As I said, when I began this journey, I want to explore this encaustic medium until I find a theme and technique that I can pursue for a while. My goal is to have a show of my work in a year or two and I need a cohesive body of work for this show. So, now is the time to explore different thematic possibilities until I get to a point where I can commit to a specific theme and technique.

Last summer I did a series of flowers in acrylic paint on canvas. I love flowers, especially the wild flowers that I see on my walks around the lake. Here are a few examples.

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Instead of focusing on the flower, I am particularly interested in how the softness of the greens and the colors of the flowers contrast with the variegated browns found on the rock surfaces and soil so I will take a lot of pictures of wild flowers in relation to the ground and rock surfaces. The following photograph is one example:

rock flowers


I took the following encaustic study that I did a few weeks ago as my inspiration 

Wild Flowers
Wild Flowers

and created the two wild flower studies below.

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Wild Flower Study 2






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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