"Outback", 12" x 12" encaustic on panel
Recently, when I was in Seattle, I was disappointed that I could not make it to see the Australian Aboriginal Art exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. I have always been drawn toward primitive art, particularly Native American and Art of the Southwest U.S., which is why my attraction toward Australian Aboriginal Art seemed natural.
The next best thing to seeing the exhibit was ordering the exhibit book "Ancestral Modern". While waiting for the book to arrive, I began learning how the Aboriginal outlook of the world was a most unique perspective - sometimes a view from the sky looking down on earth, other times from the ground looking up to the skies; abstract patterns representing anything from landscapes to animals to people, often times telling a story or describing a dream. Predominant colors are earth tones although I have noticed a minimal use of greens, this would make sense as the desert (and desert colors) are most predominant on the Australian continent. I am looking forward to researching further.
I decided to paint 2 panels at the same time using the same layers of color, 12 x 12 and 6 x 6 - the smaller panel is now ready for an upcoming encaustic demonstration I will be doing at the Copley Society of Art on September 15. Both panels were taped around the edges in order to keep them paint-free.
After fusing many layers of wax, I then removed the tape.
I have still not decided if I prefer the clean taped edges to the random drips revealing how the layers were created although I have been told galleries prefer the clean edge, a more professional presentation.