A New Series

In a previous blog I talked about not being able to paint with pigmented wax because I live in a condo over the winter months.  Painting with molten wax is safe unless the molten wax starts to get too hot and start to smoke.  The smoke can then become toxic when inhaled.  Because of the dangers of the toxic smoke one needs to vent the smoke fumes out of the area that you are working in.    Since I can not vent the fumes, I have switched to acrylic paint over the winter months.  When I get back to my studio in April I will use the acrylic paintings as inspiration for my encaustic paintings. 

I challenged myself to create a series of paintings based on revisiting the grid of intersecting lines.   So, I began painting backgrounds and then added another complementary woven structure over the top of the bottom layer.    The first painting  became the inspiration for the other paintings.  In this blog I post the first 6 paintings showing the bottom background grid system layer.  

Background Painting for #1
Painting completed #1

In the next painting I became a bit more careful when painting the background because I wanted to create these interlocking  and intersecting lines and they  suggested views through windows.  So, the next six backgrounds  focused on developing the window idea.







Once the backgrounds were finished I began the foregrounds.  It was important to add another layer to create an illusion of depth and also to integrate the interlaced patterning effect on the surface.    I did the sketch of each patterned surface treatment in ProCreate on my iPad.  The completed 9 paintings are shown below.

series of 9.jpg





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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