Abstracting the Marsh

I have not posted for a few weeks because I have been away from my studio. Now I am back and looking at my work with fresh eyes and new insight.  I have always been drawn to artworks where an artist takes a realistic element and pushes it into the realm of abstraction. So, I have brainstormed atmospheric impressions that I have seen on Paugh Lake and through simple line and textural elements will show impressions of the lake in my paintings. So, for example, I will abstract the fog raising on the lake, or rain hitting the surface of the lake, sunsets reflecting on the lake, dark moody days, light rays hitting the lake, etc. Create visual water environments without actually creating the actual scene that I see in front of me. So, I have worked on the following scene using horizontal divisions and then played within these spaces using textures, colours and lines. This encaustic is 12″ X 12″

marsh #5 copy 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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