Experiments do Lead to Successes

In these 12″ X 12″ paintings in encaustic I planed on experimenting with printing textures of actual gauze onto the surface of the panel.  After the woven surface areas were dry, I pulled off the gauze from those areas.  Then after building up the the surfaces in specific areas would add painted woven gauze between those raised areas.  The following painting explores the actual gauze textures.  I really liked the look of the textures on the surface of the panel.  The first image shows a closer view and the next image shows the four that I completed.  

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foursome-2.jpg  After doing a soul searching critique, I decided that they were too busy, too much texture and the surface was too rough for my painted woven structures so I fused down the surface.  What I learned from this technique is that I can pull printed textures from different open woven fabrics so will integrate this technique in the future.

After fusing down the surface and adding more glazes of color on specific areas, I added my woven structure onto the surface.  I liked the idea of creating a distant landscape with the painted lines coming forward in front of the viewer.  The following is the first one that I did and I liked that grey, charcoal look on the right side.  The surface reminds me of raku pottery.  

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The second one that I post below appears to have a cloudy sky on the left side and a leaf foliage look on the right side.  It reminds be of looking down at the earth from above but the lines just gives me a glimpse of what lines beneath.  

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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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