Dedication, Persistence and Consistent

I only had a few weeks left at my summer studio so I have been working day and night to explore my theme relating to interlacing lines over a landscape.  It has definitely been a struggle being consistent from one painting to the next painting.  For example, I painted a water reflection scene and loved the final work.  I did not want to destroy it with interlaced lines.  The waterscape could become another series, I thought.  On the other hand, I know that  I needed to be consistent and persistent with the interlaced direction so I added my lines over the surface.  This painting was a struggle and I just kept at it.  My work tends to become busy with too much decoration so my goal was to simplify the elements, Just use one color for the lines with its tones and values.  I include the underneath painting and the final work.

Fall water reflection
Fall Water Reflections
Hide and Seek from the Darning Memories Series
Hide and Seek from the Darning Memories Series

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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