Today’s Challenge

I prepared a 10″ X 10″ panel and started with a grey base of pigmented wax.  Then I took yarn and created a woven fabric on soluble webbing. After it was finished, I dipped the weaving in water to take off the glue residue.  The panel was given three coats of grey/blue coloured wax and then, once the weaving was dry, embedded the woven structure onto the surface of the wax.  Once the first layer was secure, I took melted pigmented wax and covered all of the woven lines.  Then, with thin and thicker lengths of yarn I began wrapping the panel in a specific pattern and, finally,  painted those lines in different tones of blue.

I like the way this painting turned out.




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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