My Heart Began to Flutter

Today was a good day in the studio. My heart made a flutter when I completed this new work and can finally say, after 8 years, that I have created an interesting painting. So, what is so special about this work and why do I think the work is interesting? It is the first painting that speaks to me. I love the interesting colors. I also like the way the radiating circular images create an intriguing centre of interest. Also, the green olive soft background gives the middle section a sense of depth and mystery. I like the way the radiating circular shapes sit solidly on each side of the centre panel. Then the wall like orange area on the left side holds up the centre because the color of beige and orange works well with the olive green. The right side yellow/white and the hint of that orange line balance the right side and stands luscious against the center area. The surface quality suggests whipped cream. It is finished and I do not see anything that I would change in the work. So, the next step is to take the same image and rework in again. Do different sizes and see what happens. I will keep my fingers crossed and hope that this is not an anomaly and that I can create another one that I am happy with.

12" X 12" Encaustic on Paper on canvas.

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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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