Thursday, December 8, 2016

"Hidden"40x30 ColdWax/Oil


About ColdWax/Oil

ColdWax/Oil painting medium has
been around for some time.   In the last few years it has been experiencing a  comeback.   Today, there are several new books written about the technique.  ColdWax/Oil is not Encaustic.  Maybe that is how it got the name of ColdWax.  Big difference, no heat and melting applications and totally different supplies.  
 My technique is different from the current artists I have observed.  Painting on canvas or panel upright on an easel, I start by applying a layer of a mixture of 1/3 cold wax (I use Borlands) 1/3 oil paint (after colors have been decided) and 1/3 medium.  I use a variety of  drying mediums and sometimes turpentine or thinner depending on how soon I want the first layer to dry. The texture is like butter and I apply it with a putty knife, smoothing and carving and drawing where I chose creating three dimensional effects.  This is really fun and it reminds me of carving in clay.    It takes a few days for the first layer to dry enough to work with  but that gives me a lot of time to study the first results.  Sometimes two or three more very  thin layers of the same mixture and also I use a brush with my oil paints.   Usually at least  two weeks of drying time are required before I try to finish anything.  AND, it takes several months for the finished painting to dry completely.    Time consuming, yes....but so interesting I doesn't matter.   I am going to take some work in progress pictures for this blog when I start the next one.   If interested, their is information via Google, (like everything else )  
More coming

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Quick Break from Waterfalls. Back to Abstracts

This time of year my yard is crazy blooming so picked a few bouquets.   I had so much fun with the colors and using oils again so left them unfinished and abstracted.    Go Spring!!!!    20x16 Oil on wood panel.  "Once a Rose"      and yes, it did start out as a rose....

I just couldn't resist all these crazy shapes an colors.  "Crazy White Poppies"  24x18 oil 
on gallery wrap canvas

What started to be a large bouquet of yellow daisies ended this way with shapes and colors from my mind.  Such fun!    20x16 oil on canvas

"Somewhere" 40x30 Oil

Painted from my memories of the headwaters of the McKenzie River in Oregon
I am really enjoying working oils again altho this large canvas took quite a while to complete.   I can almost feel the energy from this moment.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Memories of Water, Water, Water.

This will be an ongoing series in more traditional oils, probably abstracted bit as I go along.   These two come mostly from my Oregon memories.   My mothers family had a cabin at Pacific City on the Oregon Coast and those are coming, but these two are more about the rivers and streams.


   We spent a lot of time in Central Oregon and this is a memory of a spot on the Deschutes River.   I really had fun with this oil painting working with the light.  There is a trout fishing hole not far from here where my Dad loved to catch those delicious critters.   One of the many important things I learned as a child growing up and traveling with my family here and there and to fishing holes, is how to clean trout.   Such a talent.   At Little Cultus Lake near Bend, where we camped every summer, cleaning the daily catch was one of my jobs. Ick!  I can't believe I did that.    I painted this on a 25x25 gallery wrap canvas.   It is not easy to do a landscape on a square canvas, but by adding the angle of the river and the canyon wall on the left, it worked.     Water is fun!
second picture coming....coming...coming...

Working in Oils on a Large Canvas Again


    When you are lucky enough to live in the mountains of Colorado, there is that special moment just after the sun has set where the colors are so beautiful and subtle.  This is a more abstract version of that memory.  a 40x30 canvas in oil.  Not sure of title so I am calling it "Cool Evening" for now.  

Having So Much Fun with Landscapes....back to Oils



    I rearranged my studio, put away all my acrylics, got out my oils and went for it.  I haven't painted with oils for awhile and have rediscovered what a wonderful medium this is.  The perfect medium for landscapes in my opinion.  There is just something about how easy it is to blend the colors.   I didn't use any cold wax with these oil paintings, just returned to my painting origins.   I'm really enjoying it.   
    Both of these paintings, titled,   "San Juans 1"  and  "San Juans 2" are painted on 20x16 canvases.  One is early summer and the other later.  I sure you can figure out which is which.   That is if you know anything about Colorado color.