Challenge #1

When I look at other artists’ works I am drawn to the gestural, spontaneity, bold brushworks, textural surfaces, etc. In my last post I talked about the weaknesses that I see in my recent works.  I see that my work has become stiff.  So, I have embarked on a personal challenge so that I can free myself and make work that looks more spontanious.  My challenge was to  limit my pallet to one colour, integrate only white papers, and use my sewing machine.   So, I just looked around my studio and picked different white papers, toilet, tissue, photo copy paper, paper towels, etc and distressed the papers by scrunching them and then collaged those white papers onto a paper backing.  Then using my sewing machine I stitched all over the surface of the papers.  The final layer, I took marking tools such as pencils, charcoal, and ink and marked the surface.  For the final layer I used encaustic paint.   This is 17″ X 12″. It is a mess but I need to give myself permission to make these melty messes for a while. So for the next few weeks or months I will force myself to weekly challenges and see where the work takes me. Here is the result of the first challenge.  There are some areas that I really like and others areas are really messy.

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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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