Do you have a clear visualization in mind before you start a new piece or are you process driven? If the process determines the outcome for you, how does that effect working in a series, where connection between pieces is of value? How do the visual qualities unique to wax play out in your work, such as layering, texture, adhesive qualities? Does visual thinking increase your observation skills and speculative abilities? When you look at your work, what are you looking for? What kinds of things do you look at first? What do you struggle to see?
These questions form a rough draft for the panel discussion Visual Thinking, in which I am invited to participate along with Cari Hernandez
and Laura Moriarity
. The panel discussion is part of the IEA (International Encaustic Artists Retreat
) to be held in San Francisco on September 23-26, 2010. I'm very excited about the invitation, about the people I'll meet and what I'll learn as I attend other events at the Retreat. Not to mention the pleasure of being in the beautiful city of San Fransisco for three days.
I do feel just a bit strange about the whole thing--I'm not an encaustic artist after all. But this talk is about ideas, with a bit of process thrown in, and there are enough similarities between hot and cold wax that it will work.
What struck me most in the mix of questions above (sent to me in an email as a springboard to get me thinking) is the one about working in series, something I find to be very challenging. I do sometimes produce series (the painting above, Lake House #1
, 12"x12" is one of a series of four) but not upon demand. Instead they evolve when I somehow become focused on a particular color idea, technique or format that ties several paintings together. It is more that I suddenly realize that several paintings have taken on related character than anything premeditated.
The questions above were meant as a springboard for thinking ahead in the coming months. Some are easy enough to answer, others more open ended and intriguing. I appreciate being asked to ponder them, and wonder where they will lead me