Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Waxing Not So Eloquently

I've been playing around a bit with encaustic painting. If you're unfamiliar with it, essentially it's painting with hot, pigmented beeswax. It is one of the oldest mediums but it's experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity in the last decade or so. I saw a demo a while back at Jerry's Artarama and was hooked. I kept bugging the artist via email about taking a class. She finally got fed up and just scheduled one just so I would get off her back! I even talked a couple of friends into joining me for the class. I think they had a good time, but I was so transfixed by the work that I don't really even know.

I haven't had nearly as much time to work with it as I would have liked, but I do have a few pieces in various states of unfinishedness. I decided to put them out for E.A.S.T. to see if I could get some feedback. I'm really struggling with the same thing that has always plagued me with image creation--is it done? When you make a pair of earrings, you know when they are done. Paintings? Not so much. It's been interesting to hear from people that everything seems done to them. It's hard to know if that's because it might really be or if they see something displayed and assume it's in its finished state. I'm not sure I'll resolve much by having them out, but I have enjoyed seeing a bit of what others see.


Holli Brown Mosaics said...


take 38 said...

it's an age old question, I think. I sometimes struggle w/ the same thing. if I keep something around long enough, I could tinker with it forever, adding to & taking away from. sometimes it's just done whenever you get rid of it because if you stare at it too long, you can always find something else you want change.

whether they're done or not, I think your encaustics are pretty rad!

adaptive reUse said...

Thanks! I'm leaning toward calling most of them 'done' so that I can move on and start new ones!