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Cold Wax …. travel to a new place

Cold Wax …. travel to a new place


Inspiration 1:  The Book

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Cold Wax Painting  – The Book

Anything with “Wabi Sabi” has my immediate attention, as many of you have guessed by now.  Wabi-wabi Painting with Cold Wax by Serena Barton  is on my list of Great Art Books to read. Beautifully laid out, logically presented and is easy to follow along and ‘ad lib.



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Cold Wax, Oils on Wood

Cold wax is a wax medium primarily used with oil paints to extend, increase thickness, to create added depth, transparency to the painting.  With hot wax, ie encaustics, you need to heat the wax. Which is sometimes a logistical issue.


I have, used cold wax over both acrylics and watercolours.

It worked fine for me.

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Cobalt Teal Blue …cold wax glaze


Cold wax is easier, than how wax encaustics.

Its ready all the time. It doesn’t give precisely the same results as hot wax encaustics, it is different. In a good way.

I have experimented with both, and love both.

Wax, either cold wax or encaustic,  have a certain quality to them, an otherworldliness. This makes them perfect for paintings denoting depth, space, antiquity,  and distant lands. 

Its this unique quality the wax provides, that I love.

The aspect of travel of Other Lands,  suits cold wax application beautifully.


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Shimmering… hot wax encaustic


Travel Inspiration… through Art

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Inspiring  world, through Art –   Encaustic Sticks, Chinese paper, pastels

Art is a form of travel.


Why do I say that?

Art is able to transport you in time and place.

I suppose, its almost like a magic carpet. In a way.

Art is able to transcend the barriers of the present moment – to project us forward, backward, or perhaps into alternate and magical,  realms.


If, the art is convincing enough.

If we are fortunate to have a Muse, to help us!



The Art Muse

Art in all its forms,  needs some type of a muse.

Something to breathe  the breath of life into the art. 

Something to spark the ember into a fire.

We need a Muse, that  Adds To   the world of art we wish to create.

The Muse shares with us, shows us:  different approaches, fresh ideas. With the help of our Muse,  we  use all our senses as we go about our everyday living.

Daily life, has been enriched.

That, is what the Muse does for the artist.



Expressive Art Creations  can’t  flourish,  in  conditions of rigid conformity.

The Muse,  works best in a free unbound environment.   In utter authenticity.

The Muse relies upon individualist creativity. That which can not be replicated,  mass produced.

The Muse is no Lemming.  What is being created are  things of unique and rare merit.

Imagination comes without an On – Off switch.  Sometimes its ON. Sometimes, its Off.



Travel to new lands –  Breaking Out

Creativity isn’t   free to express its  voice,  if its   shackled to the same four walls.

Art needs to be let out of the room, to go explore.

Some  Where.

Once in awhile.


These 3 Mountain paintings, are from 3 completely different geographical areas.

The exploring, the wandering, the travel …. it continues to  Add To  my daily life.

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Winter Dawn Mountain Acrylics


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Color On The Mountain with cold wax added


We travel to new places,  To See.

Discovering different pathways.

To hear the songs from all across the earth.

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Ultramarine Mountain

Travel allows us to discover.

Whether we are  walking a new street, seeing a new country, a new city.

Using a new color, a new medium, a different paper.  Or a different brush.

Without a bit of travel,  we become insular.

We become wrapped within our own habits, routines, becoming slaves to our own Selves.

Not noticing the treasures surrounding us.


So.  By the occasion foray to a new land, a new media,  a different place,   we become more aware of our local  daily environment as well.  Interesting.


I’d always longed to travel the entire globe.

Spinning the school’s world globe, studying maps of other lands.

Dreaming of being a pioneer, of discovering  unknown places.


While there may not be, many of those wild places left to discover and my days of scaling the rugged mountain peaks may have  finished…..  I still can hike (stroll)  and explore and conquer new lands.

I can still travel.

 In many different ways.


So can you.

We may not all be able to jet off to New York City, Seattle, London, Tokyo,  Madrid, Singapore. 

But we can use Art,  as our vehicle, to  transport us wherever we wish to go.

Any new place we go, adds to us.  We become more, Inside.


Cold Wax is another way to travel to new places –  in your art.

It has an adventurous, unknown, feeling to it.    It feels wonderful buffed and polished when dry. The layerings will create a sense of smoothed-over scarring;  with a dimension and depth that is irresistible.


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Resolving old works… with Cold Wax Medium

Cold Wax Mediums

I have used all three of the brands.  Each are quite good.  I do like Dorlands.



Art Spectrum






Petals of color

Petals of color

So sweet, so velvety these petals you almost want to kiss.

So tempting those soft petals of a flower.


Do you wonder, how to create flowers or trees,  or clouds as they thunder in from the south?

Do you wonder What colors, did the artist use?

What paper? What technique?  What was their magic recipe?

What is the artist’s secret?




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soft petals watercolors


My Watercolor Secrets

The watercolor brush softly kisses the paper in its magical dance with color.



I’ll tell you the mechanics.

I’ll tell you the colors.

I’ll tell you the paper and brush.


But honestly.

Its always The Spirit in the piece that makes it much of anything.



Because its  IF,  the artist   was able to convey the life force energy they saw and they felt,

that determines whether the painting has the magic spark or not.




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Did you know, that painters,  are like singers… in a way.



We aim for many of the same things.

To touch the audience, to make the viewers sense the same emotions that stirred in us.


Above all, we don’t want to leave them untouched, unmoved.



Barriers get in the way,  they will prevent connection from happening.

What do I mean?

What ‘barriers?’


For artists the primary barrier is nerves, stress, fear.

Which erects gates and doors and walls that are very effective blocks and barriers.



A singer who is stressed, can’t fully engage, open up and be  vulnerable.

It is a shut door.  A wall.  A barrier.

These don’t allow the audience  to come in, to share the authentic emotion the singer has.




So too, the painter.

Under stress, fearing failure,

its ‘not quite right’,

‘imperfections’  and not good “enough”   the artist can’t fully open up either.

The audience loses out.



We the audience,

don’t like walls or barriers

between us, and our artists.



We want to see, to hear our singers sing with  passion, vulnerability, openness and authenticity.

No Walls.  No barriers.


And we  want our painters to let loose,

to fully express their own voices through their art as well.





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Inspiring Woods flower



Process and the Materials

I painted direct, no drawing, on dry Arches Rough 300gsm paper.

The Rekab 320s #2 was my sole brush used.

Limiting the colors made the painting smoother, easier.

4 Paints: permanent rose, winsor lemon, cerulean with a tiny bit of indigo   into the flower center



Process Steps

Painting from the background progressing to the middleground the last the foreground and the focal point.

I planned to make sure the background was appropriate: cooler colors, paler tones, more subtle.

With the foreground much stronger, more contrasts, warmer & more vibrant – to clearly state, “This, is The front.”


Planning in my mind, the leaving of adequate WHITE Space for balance.

As I painted, I kept quizzing myself, “do I have sufficient range of tonal values?”

The area of the deepest Dark, and the Whitest light  ie  where there is The most tonal contrast… Is the focal point


I used some splatter at the end, most of the work was done in washes & charging technique.





Most of the time painting, I was remembering… my walk in the woods.

The Feeling I had, while there.

The lovely zen stroll amidst these serene and sweet petalled flowers.


Thats  My secret.





What’s INside?

What’s INside?

Part of the fascination with paint, is how it reacts.

Its innermost response.



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Painted Bands of  Lunar Black + Quinacridone Sienna



Inside The Pigments

Paints,  do things.

Very interesting and lovely effects are created when 2 paint pigments – meet.   Some hit it off and are an immediate winning pair.  Some, you just don’t ever put in the same space together again.


“Each paint pigment has differing compounds, different ingredients.”

Just as sugar, flour, salt, vinegar are different cooking ingredients and cause uniquely Different Consequences; so too,  paints are different.

With unique and interesting results when paired in specific combinations.



It is endlessly fascinating and creative.

To see how the different pigments respond to each other; edging inwards, layering and blooming.


Looking like painted bands of sediment from deep within the earth’s hills and cliffs.

Or speckles, or rivulets….


For me, its as if each time, is a surprise.

A mini Christmas unwrapping…. to see what’s IN side.



Granted, while many of you may not be as keenly interested as I am about each paint’s ingredients;  you might be,  quite intrigued with What effects these paints create.  




Peek In:  Snippets of Colors

A few samples, test strips and snippets of the intriguing realm of pigments –

A look, Inside.


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Looking Inside the colors, test studies



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Zoisite, test sampling



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The Hill in Lunar Black Naples Yellow




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Purpurite-Indanthrone, creative possibilities





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prussian, indigo, ultramarine, phalo on yupo




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lunar black and quinacridone sienna and   prussian blue





I never tire of the seemingly endless possibilities of unique mixes that they can create.

And  – simply by taking  a couple minutes  to mix 2 odd new colors together.  I learn.


(Reminding myself, I don’t have to spend all day.  Nor stick to my normal, usual colors)

Then quickly,  I jot it down, before I forget!

I do Save the sample, for later.

Remember my ‘Later Box?’

Looking   In side  that box is fun.




Colors I can suggest:

For those who might have some questions about colors….

Colors I’ve been playing with and learning from most recently:

Light Red, Buff Titanium, Lunar Black,  Phalo Blue, Raw Umber – yellowish nuance,  Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Sienna, Zoisite, Purpurite, Amethyst,  Naples Yellow (DS) brand only,

and basically …. all my blues.  You know I’m using Prussian!


That Raw Umber, (with the yellowy undertones)  wow.

Winsor and Newton’s is a warm yellow based raw umber, btw.

It is so great to mix with your blues to come up with foliage greens that are natural.  That belong in the landscape.

I especially like the Raw Umber with prussian,  ultramarine, phalo.     But, it also is Ideal to tone down, subdue, any of those tube greens you do have… like sap green, hooker’s green, olive green.

Raw Umber is like a magic wand with those greens! Voila.  Suddenly, the greens look more natural.





I paint often just to see,  what happens with the pigments paired together.

I enjoy the mystery, the adventure,

the surprise of what’s IN side.  


I’d color mix all day. And have.

With no product painting to show at the end.


Just a phenomenal amount of learning.

Oh…. and Fun!




Spring Greens

Spring Greens

Evelyn Flint has a wonderful art website and blog. So imaginative, creative, fresh, free, and Full of Artistic Adventures that are color magic! Her latest post was irresistible, I’ve had to repost it to share with you. You will, absolutely love Evelyn’s art – check out her website.

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Do you like eating your greens? Personally I love eating my greens BUT…. painting them is a whole lot more fun….. !!

Spring Greens - NB

I did these watercolour samples back in the spring (hence the title of this post). These lovely shades of green (and some neutrals) were created by mixing 2 blues and 2 yellows. The blues were indigo and Cobalt Teal Blue. The yellows were Lemon Yellow and Raw Sienna. There’s a lovely assortment of beautiful greens here but notice the lovely neutral tones in the two bottom left colour samples – they’re edging toward the grey side which I love….

Seaside Colour Mixing - NB

Above we have mixes of Daniel Smith’s Buff Titanium and Cobalt Teal Blue…

On the top line from the left:  Buff Titanium, Buff Titanium + White, Buff Titanium + Cobalt Teal Blue

On the bottom line from the left: Cobalt Teal Blue, Cobalt Teal Blue + White, Cobalt Teal…

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Beautiful Jade Emerald Greens in Oils

Beautiful Jade Emerald Greens in Oils

Lovely fun greens slathered on like butter. Swirls and dollops of emerald and jade colors rising in relief on the canvas.

Now, that’s what I’m talking about!

Pure enjoyment of the process.

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Dollops of Paint, calm and busy


Textures in Oil Paints

No barn. No flower. No tree.

No, there’s nothing much to ‘see.’

That is, if I was inclined to be picky, critical.

But that’s not how I’m seeing these at all.




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Oil Paints in Beautiful Greens

Lively and Alluring

They’re lively.

So beautifully textural,  it makes me wish for a moment,  that I was a sculptor.


The freshness has a lure.

A pull to it that none of my oh so  labored, overworked and  “over finished”  paintings  will never have.


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The Horizon





Where it Began


Before I started, I’d looked through some of my past nature walks.

Zen Strolls.



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Its Zen, gorgeous greens

My eye kept returning to the reflection from the pond. With those gorgeous deep greens.


Thats how I started.

With a thought.  With a feeling.



A color in my mind that sparked creation.


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Movement on the pond


Playful Rebellion

It is so important, to create.

To play. To explore.


To take the time to engage in the process without any preconceived needs.   

We all know that old saying,

“All Work, No play … makes Jack a very dull boy.”



Its so important that we don’t take an activity we’d  intended for our relaxation, then turn it into  A Work Project.

With timelines,  goals, deadlines, ‘good enough’ ratings,  etc.


Nearly all of us, do it, myself included!

If we think about it though,  we don’t do that same thing when we:  read a magazine, or watch a TV program, or go to a concert, play or movie.


I know we all have that tendency to turn Fun – into Work.

Its been ingrained over the years hasn’t it?


I choose to   not want to go that pathway.

Thats not the road I want to travel.

A bit of ‘rebellion’  if you will.



I’m not a full time rebel.

I rebel when….. I think about it.


Every zen stroll, Every art work…. is an act of peaceful rebellion.


So, my walks are peaceful, beauty filled,  zen strolls.

There is zero aerobics involved.

I get fresh air.

I’m creative,  filling the well.

I stroll about for 45 minutes. Sometimes more, others less.

It is so relaxing, even if its a mere 10 minutes.




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In Luscious Jade Greens, a hint of naples yellow



And my art is created as the mood and spirit moves me.

I’m not going to be pressured, or dictated to.




Its always more about expression and communication of feelings, than replication.

Recording, duplication just isn’t my thing. Thats me.

I’m certain, that the art could be more popular if they were more  Just Like the photograph. More realistic and less abstract.  And….Bigger.


But I don’t Create for reasons other than to simply express outwards, to communicate what I hear and see and sense in the world around me.

As I feel led to do, my own unique way.


That’s all anyone can really do, I think.

Tell it, like you see it. 

How you see it, is different;  

it is interesting.  To Us.    


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Green Falls, in oils


Artistic Authenticity

when I see your art,  or you see mine,

I want to see your tears as they fall, your dance of joy, your bursts of summer sunshine, your silence on the shores, your dark rage upon the paper,  I want to see the truth of your thoughts and emotions come tumbling out in color and textures and etched lines on that canvas.  I want to see for a micro-moment, a glimpse of that beauty that resides within your soul.


Will you do that?









Watercolor Light Red …quick demos

Watercolor Light Red …quick demos

Light Red can be an excellent addition to your watercolor painting palette.

Years ago, I’d tried a few. Well, quite alot actually!  And gave up in disgust.

The ones I’d chosen were too muddy.  Too dull. They did not mix and blend well with the other colors on my palette either.

Causing a great deal of mayhem in my paintings. Ever happen to you?


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pr101 pBr25 light red holbein


Watercolor, Better Paints


But of course I have done more research, more experimenting and more …purchasing.

Trying to find a Better Light Red. 


A Light Red that isn’t dulled.

But vibrant.  Rich and earthy.  One that would be able to mix, to a degree, with some other colors, ie Staining paints.   

A Light Red that is lovely in full strength, and even better diluted down into subtle delicate blushes of color.




Light Red Brands

The 3 watercolor Light Red brands, that I’ve found best fit the criteria:

  • Winsor and Newton Light Red pr101
  • Blockx Light Red  (mine was in a large porcelain pan) pr101
  • Holbein Light Red pr101 pbr25


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Blockx Light Red watercolors



All 3 have enough good assets and qualities to override the nature of the paint, it is an Opaque.

Opaque watercolor paints are notorious for mud

and for not being good social mixers with other paints.


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Winsor and Newton Light Red



Uses for Light Red…

Light Red is versatile.

Great for landscapes, trees, shrubs, bark, roads, sand, animals, rocks.

Additionally,  it can be used for skies.  Mixed wet in wet, with another color tapped into it perhaps.

The sky from Dawn Falls, is a great example in my mind  for why Light Red would be perfect to use in the sky.




Art Work Demo Samples

These samples done just prior to the last Master Color class, came out of my course workbook.

They give you a bit of an idea of  a couple of the things you can do with a good, Light Red.


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Light Red Roof



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light red, indigo, raw umber












To Master Color….

To Master Color….

To master color, what I do…. is Experiment.


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To Master Color…experiment, Daniel Smith watercolors




Master Color, Watercolors


Alot of it.

But, it is so fun.


It Can be super fast, like this one!  5 Minutes.

And you learn so much from every practice you do.


I find that setting aside the 5 minutes, instead of an hour or two,  really helps.

I always know that I can try to squeeze those 5 minutes in.

And,  if I do have an hour or two?  I’ll take them!





Daniel Smith watercolors Indanthrone blue pb60 and   Daniel Smith primatek  Purpurite …for that purple and textured effect.

Arches cold press 300 gsm paper 

Rekab 320s #2   watercolor brush         





The paints easily diluted and mixed together.

The granulation effect was quite responsive.

The mixes came out, deliberately,  as  1. Dark 2. Mid 3. Lighter Tone  

It was easy to create warmer and cooler mixes. Which would of course, help in a painting to create depth and perspective.   



I found myself quite pleased with the results, especially the textural effects. 

I hadn’t Thought of putting these two paints together before.

Glad I did, to show you on a Silly Saturday! 


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Purpurite-Indanthrone, Daniel Smith wc