encaustic mixed media
I have about a week until everything needs to be absolutely wrapped up. I have moments of freak out and moments of where I feel like everything is under control. No matter what though, I am grateful for the opportunity to just create this new body of work. And grateful to be stretching myself as I start to paint on larger panels. More surface mean more space to explore. Right now I am working on a 48×36 inch encaustic, which is really a bit more physical for me. Maybe it is because I am a small person and I keep having to move my panel around to reachWhen I work that large, I turn to my torch to speed up the fusing. Lots more scraping too leaving my wrists and fingers feeling a bit achy after several hours. I use my scrapers or razor blades as much as I use my brushes in my process.
This painting makes me happy. I had thought it was done about a week ago, but then returning to it over the weekend, I knew it wasn’t. I continued on, completely changed it. Felt stumped a few times. Switched directions and then it came together. I feel calmed, looking at it now.
These past few months I have slowly been reading and taking in Anne Truitt’s Daybbook in bits and pieces. The other night I read this: