Inspiration 1: 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.
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.
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.
Travel Inspiration… through Art
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.
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.
We travel to new places, To See.
Discovering different pathways.
To hear the songs from all across the earth.
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.
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.
Cold Wax Mediums
I have used all three of the brands. Each are quite good. I do like Dorlands.