Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Drawing and Painting Faces
I had been doing, what I considered, "decorative art" at this point. It was pretty and technically good, but it didn't speak to me. There was no message other than "look how pretty this is" and if anyone asked me what my paintings "meant", I couldn't tell them because I didn't know. I was just "doing" art without emotion or thought. I was drawing leaves and birds and layering these images between layers of wax. I did other pieces using photo transfers and other pretty cool encaustic techniques too, but it wasn't satisfying to me because it felt more like I was collaging rather than painting. I wasn't challenging myself or grappling with anything that need to be solved. Now that's not to say I haven't seen some extremely beautiful and complicated work by other artist using these methods and others that I haven't figured out yet. I know a lot of encaustic artist who's work I would have no problem hanging in my house and in fact would LOVE to own, but I guess what I am trying to say, is that I missed the actual act of painting a realistic likeness of something as my art and was feeling like I had lost my "edge". Make any sense?