Challenge #2 Refining the Elements

I liked the playfulness and gestural qualities of the work that I posted a few days ago and wanted to repeat that process but on a larger format.  This piece is 18″ X *18″ and instead of using paper as my bottom layer, I decided to use canvas so that I would have a firmer surface to work on with my sewing machine.  Before I began the layering of paper, I took some diluted acrylic paint and painted different size circles all of the surface of the canvas.  After the surface was dry I added the tissue papers, other paper shapes and sewed over the surface of the canvas to secure all of the paper elements.  When that was done, I started to add black marks and lines using an oil pastel.  Once that was finished I added the wax medium and pigmented black and white wax onto of the surface.  This final layer integrated all of the elements.

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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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