Painterly direction with the wax.

I did another 16: X 16″ encaustic painting today and I like the way it is going.  Still wonder if I need to scrape down the surface a bit because in some areas the wax is a bit lumpy and I like to have a smooth surface.  Looking at it my obsessive compulsive behaviour wants to make it more precise, no rough edges and solid shapes.  I need to resist the temptation to always work on each shape to over kill the energy within the space of the shape.  Not easy to do.

Here is the painting at this stage.

Water Dance around the Shoreline

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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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