24" x 12", encaustic & mixed medium
My rather "loose" homage was to Sean Sculley (stripes). I had decided on a composition of stripes, and it evolved with additions of symbols (semiotic = signs and symbols). I had another encaustic painting in this show which was a homage to Jasper Johns . . also a "loose" homage (circles, numbers, and letters), and it will be an addition to my Semiotic Series. I finished the two pieces on the last day of the submission deadline to the show. To my mind, the other painting needed a little tweaking (rubbing more oil pigment stick into the surface, that I wasn't able to do, as the oil, even though it is a very thin rubbing into the surface, it still needs a day to dry before protecting with the wax medium) . . talk about last minute!! Although there is nothing like a deadline to motivate me. When that is done I will post that.
I don't know if any of this makes sense to you, but what "my taste" and "eye" says can be "ok" and "work" isn't always to my complete satisfaction . . (not this piece above, but the one I'm not posting). I work, internally, to say . . "ok . . this isn't totally up to my "eye's" standard, but it's ok. And I can bring that "it" to the next piece.
That's the way I was with the last painting I posted. That was also finished with a deadline, and it was juried into an encaustic painting show, that will be in Detroit's Scarab Club, called "WAX." I like to take time to look at a piece, before I decide if it's totally finished. I'm not speedy, when it comes to me accepting that a piece is finished. There are a few more "touches" I will put in it . . after the show.
It's an evolution, through time, for me . . in finding a "middle ground" with my inner critic. Letting the three pieces "go out" into the world, without a feeling of "totally finished", is finding my middle ground.