Back to my Interlaced Series

For a few weeks I have been challenging myself to work on these small experiments using only wax and threads.   I did complete quite a few exciting works.    So, yesterday I went back to my interlaced series and spent from 9 AM – 9PM on two 12″ X 12″ paintings.  I did love working on the small yarn experiments and I am sure that what I learned will move into my larger lace structures.   The yarn is a lot harder to curve on the surface of the wax and I love curvilinear lines that I can make with my brush.   When I paint the lines of the gauze, I become in a zone by doing these meditative repetitive strokes with a brush.  I just love this process and sticking down the thread and then painting over the thread did not feel the same.   So,  yesterday I copied one of the small 6″ X 6″ woven structure pieces on a larger 12″ X 12″ wooden panel.   My goal was to repeat the process but use encaustic and a brush to mimic the thread.   I really do like the end result.

So, the painting below is the small thread painting on 6″ X 6″ panel.  The yarn is pressed down onto the background and then painted with wax over the top.



This one below is the 12″ X 12 ” Interlaced narrative painting that is just encaustic. The lines are all painted onto the background.


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In the second work below, I painted a waterscape for the background and then added a curtain like drapery over the top of the landscape.  At the bottom, I have a bit of the landscape showing through.    I am so happy with these works.




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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