All is Mystery
encaustic mixed media
I corresponded with Ann Carter a bit more after my last post where I shared the documentary of her, her work and her daughters and she wrote to me and said something that has stayed with me these past few days. "It's funny the way one thing leads us to another---a path that's not always clear at all but still there if we keep our eyes and hearts open."
I've been thinking along those lines for the past few months and I believe some of that trail of thought has been appearing in my recent work. Or at least in some of the stages. It is, at least, in the forefront of my mind while I'm working.
One of the properties of encaustic that attracts people to it is the ability to create transparent layers with the wax. When I used to just paint with acrylics, my process was very similar in that I was interested in the building up of layers- to create texture, as well as for the metaphor. I continue to do so with encaustic, but the difference is the transparency that is inherent in the wax. I used to paint pretty opaquely. I did not thin my colors down all that much with medium. But in the past year or so, I've changed things up. Really exploring and exploiting that quality of transparency in wax.
I have also been thinking a lot about what is hidden and what is revealed. And I have been delving into that in my work recently. The painting above is a finished piece where I spent a lot of time ruminating on obscuring and revealing.
I took a picture of the painting in its early stage. A pretty early stage. Below is a detail shot of sort of the same area of the finished painting.
All is Mystery is part of my bowls series, speaking of- I need to come up with a better title for....