Going Bigger, 24″ X 48″,

I bought a 24″ X 48″ piece of birch panel and made my own frame.  I began with a water reflection landscape for the first layer and then painted the wax lines over the landscape.  When I was finished and did a critique of the work, I felt this work was too bright and did not have the fabric gauze feeling that I wanted.  My intent is for the fabric gauze to be a covering and not the design itself.

Tapestry First version

So, I started to add gauze like fabric painted squares over the top of the surface.   This is the second version.

Woven Tapestry version 2

I liked this version because the the shapes did look like fabric woven shapes but I still felt that the painting was bright and too busy so I started scraping the surface down and I saw that the colors underneath the waxed lines came to the surface and created this variegated surface which I liked.  I kept scraping and began to eliminate the strong colors.  This is the final version that I am happy with.  I will go back and redo the first two versions again and use them as my starting point and see where each one takes me.

Detail of the final artwork.
Final Work, 24″ X 48″

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Detail of the final artwork

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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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