Letting Go of Tightness

I have been thinking lately about what I like about my work and what I don’t like so that I can narrow down the elements and variables within the works. I think my work has become so busy, too many colors, the design elements have become stiff, the surface of the paintings are too thick,there are no large areas that one can dive into and stay there for a while. The elements do not breathe and feel suffocating. It is the stiffness of the work, those similar sized horizontal or vertical lines with no emotion. I need to think more about the relationship of one space next to another. Larger areas of gestural field painted next to the geometry. Also limit my colors to playing with one color and using curves next to geometry so that the flow of the curve will complement the geometry, etc.  The images below are the latest ones that I have completed.  I do like the sculptural quality of the work, but it is those lines and no emotion in the works that bother me at the moment and that is why I need to take the challenge to work more gestural.

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I have decided to give myself different challenges each week and then share each challenge before I make the work and then share the end results. So for the first challenge I will predominately use white papers and create a collage by integrating glued and sewn elements, white and black wax with wax medium and hopefully release the tightness in my works.


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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