Underpaintings

I love doing the underpainting for my Interlaced line paintings.  I took a lot of photographs around the shore of the lake and then tweaked them in photoshop.  I use these photos as a starting point for the first layer of my painting.  These works are much more gestural and the colors blend wonderfully with the heat gun.  Then I have to think about the surface treatment for the lines.  The colors underneath set the tone for the layering of colors on the surface.  These works blend freedom, spontaneity with mark making.   As I said in my previous post, I hate to destroy them but I am on a mission to work towards an exhibition on my Darning Memories series.

Encaustic on panel, 20 X 24", Anna Wagner-Ott
Encaustic on panel, 20 X 24″
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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.

5 thoughts on “Underpaintings”

  1. Congratulations Anna! We talked about how difficult it is to stick to a theme and create a series. Well, you certainly have met that goal, and created a beautiful and intriguing series.

    1. Thanks Linda, yes, I have a theme that can sustain me because there are so many directions that I can take with this new work. Hope all is well with you?

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