Where do I go from here?
All summer has gone by without a single entry…I worry about abandoning my blog. I dared myself not to do that. However, life gets in the way. kids out of school for summer..and somehow with limited hours in the day we are forced to prioritize.
I have really been questioning why I allow that to happen, and I think that it is because the more time that goes by, the more there is to write about, and the more difficult it is the get back on track. It’s as if you were reading a book, and skipped about 10 chapters in the middle.
So much has happened in the development of my art that I really don’t know where to start talking about the changes or where exactly I left off. A lot of emotion and change has happened within me in regards to my work and the path I have been taking and the one I want to take.
I have always wanted to challenge myself to try new things and broaden by using different mediums, the problem is… I tend to like it all. Not sure if it’s really a problem, but It has left me questioning where I want to take my painting from here. On one hand, I absolutely love to paint like I have been, but discovering new mediums is really burning a fire in my belly. It is pushing me away from my comfort zone and questioning my purpose and my artistic exploration.
In the past few months, I have taken several workshops in printmaking (monotype) and encaustic with Amber George. Both of which have gotten me to that point where all I can think about is what I want to try with each medium, and about what my next series will be. I lay awake at night constantly obsessing and eager to try new ideas.
Photography has also played a huge part in this new path. I have started a new 365 of only abstract photography. One abstract photo a day for a year. I am looking into incorporating my photography with encaustic.
I just spent 4 days in Woodstock NY getting overloaded with information on different techniques to incorporate both. It was incredibly inspiring , dynamic, intense and refreshing. It was taught by two talented and established artist/photographers, Fawn Potash and Danielle Correia . Two days took place at the Center of Photography in Woodstock and 2 days at R&F who are one of the main manufacturers of the pigmented wax used for encaustics. I am thrilled with the process, the unpredictability of the wax, the “happy accidents” and the freedom to allow some lack of control over the product, and how the different elements behave and interact with one another.
I am renewed and exhilarated, challenged and anxious, eager and incredibly motivated to start a new phase in my artistic path.
Encaustics materials and set-up:
6×6 Encaustic and Photography on panel.
“Where do I go from here?”
About the author: Maite Benito Agahnia
Maite currently lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and two children. She is active in the Art Community in Southern California, and volunteers her time to help children and give back to the community.
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