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Another Work in Progress (Or Maybe Finished?)

November 6, 2009


Untitled – Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 12 x 1.5″

Looking at this painting on screen halfway convinces me it might be finished. Here it is in two of its previous incarnations, shown in two stages along with the five that I’ve been working on. I kind of like it. Sometimes when I “kind of” like something, it will grow on me. Maybe I’ll put this one aside for a while and think about it. But it does have the deep texture and sense of accumulation of layers over time that I like.

Honestly, I would be doing all this in encaustic, but I just haven’t been able to convince myself to cross over completely. Finished encaustics are tricky to deal with, but they would open up all kinds of new possibilities. I do love the medium.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2009 9:40 am

    in my opinion its not finished yet.
    its good but lacking something

    • November 7, 2009 6:37 am

      Yes K, I know what you mean. Not sure what that something is, but I’ll stop looking at it for a while and go back at it with a fresh perspective.

  2. November 6, 2009 4:10 pm

    This is great…but ooh! Encaustics!!!! I’d love to see with you do with that medium! Although I’ve only in the past year or 2 even been aware of what an encaustic is…I love the depth and texture it can achieve!

    • November 7, 2009 6:38 am

      Candy, there just is no substitute for the richness encaustics can achieve. I have done a few simple ones, and will be thinking seriously about trying some more.

  3. November 6, 2009 4:13 pm

    Yeah!! start the next one!

  4. November 7, 2009 6:18 am

    Martha, I’ve been considering encaustic too, and I think this is the perfect time of the year to work with this medium. Warmth and honey smell in the studio !
    I won’t try them though, because I’ve already so many things going on, I won’t add a semi finished project to those I already have…

  5. November 7, 2009 6:41 am

    Ghislaine, I know exactly what you mean. So many projects, so little time!

  6. November 11, 2009 7:25 pm

    Really stunning, Martha!

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