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.
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.