When working in the medium of painting a rigid surface is preferred to mix mediums in a process-oriented manner: I can draw heavily into the image with a grease pencil or lightly blend oil paint across the surface. Opaque textured layers give way to of surface of suspended color, objects or forms, texture and rhythm of mark making contrasts with painted flat areas, smooth volumetric forms move across the foreground or burst open from within.
For me the 'objecthood' of a work of art is always present. It is not possible to see from a photograph of an image, but thick edges of wax are left uneven on the edges to affirm the object, the physical edges of the painting are always relevant. Of late thick material oozes from the edges to the surface creating the contrast or juxtaposition of “thingness” and illusion.