Wax on cradled panel
24" x 20"
In the late 1990's I took a workshop at a local art college and learned about making encaustic paintings using collage elements. We worked on scrap wood with beeswax and damar resin. Although I've done a few small pieces over the years mostly my encaustic supplies have just taken up room on a shelf. After seeing an incredible exhibition of work by nationally known encaustic artists I decided it was time to see if I still like working with wax.
|Green and Purple Circles|
Wax on cradked panel
24" x 20"
What I found was that I need a larger area to work unless I move to a smaller size panel. What works in a studio that's devoted to working with wax doesn't do so well in a confined 4 foot wide space in my studio... and I'm not willing to give over more space to the work.
So after making these 2 paintings and finishing 3 smaller ones I decided that this is something that I can let go. I cleaned up the space (except for the wax that got on my boombox, boxed up the supplies, and carted the box down to basement storage. I'll find a good home for lots of wax and pigment one of these days.
This is a valuable lesson for me in what to keep and what to let go. I'll notice the irritants as I work with various art mediums and those that don't make my heart sing with joy as I work will be given the old heave-ho.
What do you struggle with? Is it time to give up and move on?