What to Do with the Unexpected

“Black Tornado”, Encaustic Print (beeswax on paper)

“Black Tornado”, Encaustic Print (beeswax on paper)

Going with the flow, expecting the unexpected, letting the medium have its own voice, letting go. These are certainly phrases that describe the Encaustic Printmaking process to a tee. In our world of (apparent) perfectionism, I was totally refreshed in reading this clip from experienced artist Crystal Neubauer’s book “The Art of Expressive Collage”, where she discusses the mix of wax and collage, also completely applicable to Encaustic Printmaking:

“Don’t let the unexpected stop you in your tracks. Learn to look at what is happening on the surface in front of you and determine the next thing you can do with what you’ve got, rather than feel disappointed that it isn’t doing exactly what you want.”

And from Martha Beck, writer extraordinaire:

“Freedom from fixed ideas also opens our attention to a subtle but consistent source of guidance that seems to come from within.”

Dealing with the Unexpected seems to be a life time journey, but when I am in my studio, the journey seems shorter...it just seems easier to let go, breathe deeply and let the good times roll. 

"Pizazz #4"

"Pizazz #4"