This is a post about one way that an artist’s work can evolve and develop. I produce paintings in a serial fashion. A previous piece informs the current one. There are always threads that weave their way through my work. While I’m trying to refine and articulate my vision, eventually there comes a point where I think I’ve perfected it. This is the good news/bad news. I think I’ve already stated the good news. The bad news is, OK, now what? As I’m definitely not interested in repeating myself, variations are devised to explore the nooks and crannies of my idea. This struggle is ongoing, but there are times that seem to be inflection points. I’ll explain. This painting was finished in the first weeks of the year.
At the point of finishing this piece, I gave myself the challenge to switch mediums. Besides encaustic, I’ve worked in oil, acrylic, and various print and drawing mediums. I had been doing encaustic exclusively though for five years, so a switch was a big deal. In any case, I had few, if any plans and decided to just let the medium lead me.
Without trying to explain how these paintings happened, perhaps I should just show them now and offer some comments at the bottom.
After painting for so many years, I have many techniques, images, and themes to draw on. About five years ago I started using line as more of a grid image. The lines developed curves, which had other meanings. In the course of working on this new series, I thought about line in a broader context. That is, to let them imply shape. The earthiness of the texture in the paintings support the idea of physicality as well.
Meanwhile, tomorrow I could turn on my hotplate to work on some encaustics, and who knows what might happen?