Water Dance the Series

Summer has been over for a few months.  I have closed up the studio at the cottage and am now working in a small space in the laundry room at my condo.  It is not an ideal space but I am the type of person that needs to be busy working with my hands.  I can not sit for long and get quite restless if I have no challenges in my life.  So, I am doing small studies of the lake in encaustic.  Still love the medium of using wax with pigments.  I have been trying all kinds of ideas and still always come back to the lake theme.

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This latest painting was inspired by the above photograph.  I decided to focus on the reds and the shimmering of the water.   I first lay down a honeycomb grid and added lines over this background.  Then, I scraped the surface and used an iron to blend the colours and push other elements into the background.  At the end I added reed marks and more shapes and once again pushed those elements into the surrounding area.  Here are step one and two with the final painting.

Step 1, laying down the background shapes.
Step 1, laying down the background shapes.
Step 2, adding the lines to the surface.
Step 2, adding the lines to the surface.
Step 3, the completed painting.
Step 3, the completed painting.
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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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