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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Inspired by Desert

The weeks since my vacation in New Mexico have flown by. The happy hours I spent watching the majestic scenery from the passenger window have remained with me. I didn't plan it, but this new piece carries the spirit of the amazing rock formations we saw in Moab, Utah on the way home.

Moab   Cold Wax and Oil on Panel  10" x 8" x 1.5" 

A reader recently asked about cold wax, as I've been posting a lot of pieces done in cold wax and oil. Good question! 

In my book, I mention cold wax medium as an excellent sealant for paintings and collages. (Page 21) and for use with oil paint on plaster (Pages 46-49.)  I'll be going to the North Light Headquarters early next month to film two DVDS on wabi-sabi art making. One of these will show you a lot more about how to use cold wax!

Cold wax is a mixture of melted beeswax and mineral spirits which has been mixed together and allowed to harden into a soft paste. It makes a delicious medium to use with oil paint and powdered pigment. Unlike hot wax, or encaustic, it takes a long time to dry, so it's good to work on several pieces at once. You can incise and scrape to reveal previous layers and make unlimited textures. I'll keep you posted on the progress of the DVDs!

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