Over the past thirty days, I completed one 6"x6" encaustic painting everyday. It was an enjoyable process that proved to be both challenging and rewarding. I learned about myself, my process, and about the themes that appeal to me as an artist. It also pushed me to dive deeper and create when I didn't feel like creating. I tried new techniques and methods of applying wax. I explored different subjects and discovered multiple areas of interest. I struggled with ideas and I worried that I had to stick with one. This project has helped me define the reoccurring themes in my life and helped me realize that I can continue to explore all of them. There are three categories I will pursue in my large works: abstracts, abstract landscapes, and narratives. I would also like to use the basis of this project in future works, by using multiple small panels (20 to 30) and displaying them as one piece with one theme.
Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way, recently stated on Facebook, "Q: My creativity pulls me in a million directions. What do I start with? A: Start with what makes you excited." And that is precisely what I will do. Working on what excites me is the most natural flow of my expression and personal reflection.
Below is a review of all 30 panels.