I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.
This week a look at the style and work of Jackson Pollock. Pollock was a leader of the abstract expressionist movement and founder of what is referred to as "action Painting". His practices all together revolutionized modern art.
|"Autumn Rhythm" Jackson Pollock 1950|
In order to study his work you must also take note of his physical painting style, actions, and use of tools. Much like we do today especially in encaustic art, and intuitive painting, we grab for unusual and out of the ordinary tools that will make interesting marks , and take note of how those marks make us feel as we are painting.
Pollock used dried up stiff paint brushes , sticks, trowels, and turkey basters. But what I find truly challenging for myself is his revolutionary application of the paint ,where there is a pure lack of contact between the artist and the canvas. This disconnect between the painting tool and the surface are what I felt truly unique throughout this painting study process.
|"Reflection of the Big Dipper" Jackson Pollock 1948|
The other unique element is the constant movement around the canvas as it was on the floor. Movement of the body , the arm , wrist , feet, all wholly connected and involved in the painting process. The use of the entire artist's body to achieve a painting.
Keeping all of this in mind and using it in the inspiration for this weeks encaustic painting.
Wax on Wednesdays are usually small study works , but Pollock was also famous for going BIG,
so I felt compelled to do this weeks Wax onWednesdays on a 24x24 birch wood panel , the largest I have done here for Wax on Wednesdays (and the largest that will fit on screen:).
Supplies I used this week are:
R and F encaustic medium
24x24 birch board
brushes some stiff
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Painting is self-discovery.