Mark-Making and Memory
June 15-24, 2018
Join me in the beautiful South of France in June when the poppies are in bloom!
Creating abstract art with oil paint and cold wax medium involves taking a journey into yourself and your world -without a map. The process is intuitive, bold and full of discovery. Your pieces will take on lives of their own through the many layers of oil and cold wax you apply, addition of mixed media elements, and the areas you choose to scrape away.
There are many opportunities for happy accidents and unexpected joys. Each oil and cold wax piece is a result of a moment in time and space where elements converge in a one-time- only way.
I’ll show you lots of techniques for adding layers, textures, graphic touches and atmosphere to your work. You’ll learn more about your creative process and you’ll leave the workshop as a confident oil and cold wax painter. You’ll also leave with a lot of amazing and beautiful pieces!
You’ll learn several ways to prepare your wood supports and we’ll also play with Arches oil paper, which needs no preparation before you dive in with paint and wax. You’ll learn how to use ordinary household tools to incise and make marks, how to scrape back for a dramatic look, and how to unify your compositions. You’ll learn how adding personal marks with oil bars and oil pastels enhances your pieces.
We’ll also cover adding collage, sand, plaster, marble dust, and collage elements to your pieces. You’ll learn how to use solvents to add unusual and unexpected effects. We’ll explore the creative process and ways to get your creativity flowing. You’ll be able to take inspiration photos on our visits to nearby towns and translate them into abstract works that evoke all that you experience on this Italian adventure.
The watchword for this workshop is, “Experiment!” You’ll build up many layers, incise, scribble, scrape back, and texture work, allowing each piece to tell its own story.
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