Saturday, February 03, 2007

Topic #38 - Memory

My entry this week is an encaustic painting. This is a medium I am very new to, so I have a lot to learn. Even so, I find working with the wax absolutely fascinating and despite the challenges it presents I experience little or no frustration.

The building up of translucent layers really lent itself to this weeks theme. To me it represents the way memories become fuzzier over time. I started off working quite intuitively, putting down layers and scratching back to reveal hidden textures; then painting more layers of wax.

After a while I started to see a theme emerging of archaic time. The textures seemed geological and the scratching back reminded me of archeological digs. There is also a flavour of the primordial soup, I think. In order to integrate the image, I overlaid some structure in the final layers. Without that, the imagery was a bit too chaotic for my eye. I do hope you can see some of the layering and detail in the enlargement, because without that some of the meaning will be lost.

I am cheating a little, by posting my entry for last week here as well. As I explained in a previous post, I just wasn't happy with it last week, but when I returned to it this week, it somehow looked a lot better! You know how it is! It really does seem to capture the mood.
This photo was taken in our driveway in Melbourne after a day of 40 deg. celsius heat. It was about 10pm and a cool change came through, with the most gorgeous cooling breeze. The temperature must have dropped about 20 degrees in an hour or so - as it can in Melbourne. These bushes were blowing about and I have of course photoshopped them, to enhance the effect.

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