Here is the encaustic from the last post that I partially scraped and reworked. I paid attention to the complimentary comments but had to go with my own judgment and I like it now. It seems less confused.
Our chapter of the IEA met again in Natasia's studio last night and she demonstrated her technique of making "carbon paper" by rolling etching inks out on waxed paper. In this way she can use several colors to trace drawings onto her prepared encaustic background. The photo above shows Natasia getting ready to trace a drawing through the inked paper.
She had several sandwiches of rolled out ink prepared for her demonstration, each of a different color.
Here she traces through the inked paper with a stylus.
And shows us how she manipulates the transfer with walnut oil and Q-tips.
Finally she blots the surface with newsprint paper to remove the excess oil before fusing.
Fusing the line with a heat gun.
Left to right: Linda Womack, Susan Freedman, Andrea Benson, Barbara Greiner and Natasia Chan. It was a great but small meeting; we all got to talk a lot in an informal way and I got to ask for a critique which was helpful.
This is the painting I did yesterday. As you might surmise, I am more of a designer than I am a true painter but I'm always trying to expand my understanding of the issues involved. Art is a huge mystery for me; one that seems simple and obvious at times and one that seems overwhelming at other times. But I love the challenge and the feeling of being lost in a forest and trying to find my way out. When I started the painting above I just started with the first dot on the background having no plan other than to react to the previous mark and to proceed in that vein. I love working that way - you never know what is going to happen.
My mother used to love crossword puzzles which I have never much enjoyed but now I see the similarity between the two activities. You have a problem to solve. You put in one piece after another on the way to a solution. Sometimes you solve it and because it was difficult you feel a deep pleasure. The process is riveting and I keep returning for more. It's a wonderful discipline.