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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.

Dorlands

Gamblins

Art Spectrum

 

 

 

 

 

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A Timeless Echo

A Timeless Echo

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Hibiki

Favorite Paintings

 

I have discovered a new word, I thought I’d pass it along to you.

Its filled.  

And rich, with layers of meanings.

 I love it! 

It fits perfectly in describing a few select pieces of my art. 

I thought you too, might like to know about this word I’ll share it with you.

 Along with a mini collection of my favourite art works I’ve created. 

 

“Hibiki”    Japanese  meaning ……… Echo,   Resonance.   

 

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Mountain in Blues

 

 

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Sea Inspired

This is a collection of my own paintings created either on location, an echo of a memory,    or from a compilation of my own photos that I have taken myself on site.    

Just to let you know, none of them are particularly recent.

But older. 

For me, I feel they have,  by virtue of their age, stood the test of time.

They still give me Joy. 

 

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Expressionist in Pink and Scarlet

Each one, still resonates deep within.

Reminding me of how I want to paint.

How I wish to create.

Reminding me that  if I did it once,   (that is if I created a painting I genuinely can  feel the magic  echo within me years later,)  then yes, I can repeat that again.  

And again. And again.  

Success can be echoed. 

 

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Simplicity Wc Light Red

Though, indeed, it might take time.

Persistence. And countless more paint tubes. 

But in the end, it is worth it.

 

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Resonance

All that time, energy, effort is worth it –  to have even a small collection that is Timeless.  

That continue,  to echo in my soul.

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let the dust settle, teal and rose
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Simplicity

 

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Love. peace, joy, love
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Watercolors and Oils: Doors to The Masters

Watercolors and Oils: Doors to The Masters

Three Masters: Thomas Moran, Pierre Bonnard and John Singer Sargent.

Each, presenting ‘the door’ in their own way.

 

 

Art Masters to know

 

Sargent

Sargent, with his loose and easy watercolor flair.

Seemingly just flinging color in the air; then it all,  as if by magic, comes to together.

 

The shadowed door, off to the right takes the eye in, causing us to wonder a moment.

To enter ‘their’ world.

We wonder, Who, might have lived here once, so long ago?

 

The overriding blue throughout, unifies and calms. Soft gentle ripples, tell us it is a quiet day, early in the morning.

Sargent created a calm and relaxing scene here.

But then,  was it really that peaceful upon the water highways in Venice in those days…….

 

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John Singer Sargent

 

 

 

Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard,  his oils quirky and so bright.

It is apparent, he breathed color in.

And then it was released.

 

Color,  exudes from every painting he created.

The door,  shadowed grey, in a butter yellow room, creeps open.

A figure, begins to peek in,  as ‘Marthe’ seems to try to sneak her way inside.

 

It is deliberate.

Bonnard’s choice of the door being …. only barely ajar.

As well as the green cap and green blouse.

So too the warmth of the room she  is entering into.

His choices, cause us to respond a certain way.

 

There most definitely is, content and meaning, within the objects used and all

the choices Bonnard made.

 

As we pause, and look at the painting,  I’m sure the  door, its symbolism won’t be overlooked.

Bonnard, is a fantastic artist. All you have to do to see more is Google. His work is stunning.

 

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Bonnard in oils

 

 

Moran

Thomas Moran, skilled and knowing.

His movements are purpose driven, deft and certain.

Moran, knew watercolor.

Knew their capacities and then, stretched those capacities to their farthest reaches.

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Moran, watercolor  Doors and Windows

 

Many watercolorists,  may never have heard of Moran.

Thats a shame, for his skills in this medium were amazing.

If, you’re a beginner watercolorist….. you can’t go amiss, by looking up his paintings and studying from them.

Google, Pinterest, etc.  will provide hundreds of his watercolor paintings to ogle.

More, on Thomas Moran at Smithsonian. 

 

Moran’s painting, is set further back into the distance, than Sargent’s or Bonnard’s.

We are at the same time more removed from the scene, yet we are entranced and drawn in too.

 

That warm ball of evening sun, pulls us in compellingly.

Even while the doors and windows seem cool and almost, rebuff us from trying to enter into them.

There isn’t the same feeling, of wanting to Go Inside these doors.

Not at all.

 

Moran, didn’t want us to.

 

 

 

 

Key Points ….from The Masters

  • Doors,  a symbolic element in art
  • Painting, make each action “A Purpose Driven Movement”
  • Placement of objects,  creates a story, a message
  • Color – it makes us Feel!

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Seago: Inspirational Master Artist

Edward Seago: Inspirational Master Artist

Edward Seago,  what can I say?

Definitely he has been under appreciated.  We all know Monet, Picasso, Renoir.

Seago? Not so much.

But let’s  remedy that now!

 

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Edward Seago, by Ron Ranson art book   painting of ships and seas

 

Edward Seago Inspires

Both the oils and watercolors go beyond the ordinary.

Beyond good.

His brush takes you on a journey.

 

Edward was born 1910 in the UK.

I fell in love with his story, with his sensitivity in handling the paints, papers, canvas and brush.

Seago had an easy mastery of both oils and watercolors I admire.

Perhaps, envy…..

 

 

Books

You will see a few of my favorite books on the studio table.

Margaret Coen, Realist Abstracts, Raw Colour with Pastels

and the Edward Seago book.

 

I have owned for a decade + this  lovely book featuring gorgeous watercolors and oils by the creative master Seago.

 

The book is available at Amazon.com  Edward Seago by Ron Ranson 

I hope you’re inspired to seek out his work.

 

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Seago, winter in oils… feeling the cold

 

Learn from The Masters

The Masters.

They are the ones who we truly need to emulate. To study from.  To look at Their Techniques.

They make the fewest mistakes.

And they,  tend not to pass off paintings with critical basic design flaws, as ‘ok work.’

 

And Seago was a master of both oils and watercolors, easily flipping from one to the other.

 

 

 

Learn.

Study.

 

Close viewing shows us the vigor of his brush movements.  The strokes are forever etched upon the canvas. Showing us his mood, his speed in painting, telling us a little bit about the man.

 

By looking at Seago’s paintings you can see how he used his hard and soft edges so brilliantly to create the depth and distance.

The subtle use of color, its nearly monochromatic, creates a far more powerful impact here than if it was littered with colors and hundreds of details.

 

He saw all the detail that really was there…..

He chose,  to eliminate.

He made the decision to disregard all the bits and pieces.

He wanted, he needed the message to come through look and clear.

 

Not the clutter.   Wow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#700 Our Imagination

#700 Our Imagination

Seven hundred times, I’ve pressed “Publish” and hoped …. for the best.

Sometimes my imagination has a win.

Sometimes, the creative spark has gone walk about.

 

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Imagine in the deep

 

To Imagine …

 

Regardless of the win or the ‘not so fabulous’ result…. It is about the trying.

The climbing.   Its the Climb…

The persistence.

And the imagination that is inside  All of us.

 

Asking, to be set free.

 

That’s what I wish to share with you, today.

 

 

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Roses Oil Abstract

 

4 Abstract Paintings

These 4 oil abstract paintings, were Inspired by nature.

Inspired by my zen strolls through the neighbor’s rose beds, past the local flower gardens and past lily ponds.

 

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Lily pond   Deep Purple and Blue – PHOTO

 

 

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Neighbors Roses….  Blushing at Dawn  PHOTO

 

 

In allowing my imagination the freedom to do what it wished, I gave it open ended opportunities.

Opportunities and possibilities my literal representational mind would not, could not see.

 

 

When I turn it loose, set no boundaries on my imagination… uncertainties abound.

I don’t know, what I am going to end up with.

It is a Fun surprise.

 

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Colors of the Imagination

 

 

Yes,  of course, I’ve had the kind of surprises that I scowl at!

They are amusing;  Later.

 

But, then I get such delightful color blends and imaginative shapes and forms emerge in the other paintings – it makes it all so worthwhile.

 

It is a risk.    Risks of painting… 

It is a roll of the dice. But oh so fun!

 

 

Fearless!

We need not fear,  painting.

We need not fear setting our imaginations   L O O S E.

Nor fear making a mistake. Nor fear someone else, not liking it.

 

We can look at it,  as if   We Were Cooking.

Sometimes we get the recipe just right, sometimes we don’t.

And even if when we do, still some people just don’t like chocolate and prefer strawberry instead.

Thats ok, thats  their taste.  Their preference.  Right?!

 

 

 

I couldn’t let this 700th post go by without mentioning what to me,

is probably the most important element of art…. our imaginations.

 

I do hope,  Your Imagination is stirred up and released in whatever art form you create in.

Cheers, Debi

 

 

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fun…..creative imagination

 

 

 

Storms in Blue

Storms in Blue

Dark Storms thundered across the Perth sky, putting on an amazing show at Scarborough Beach.

Inspiring.  Delightful.

Stirring the imagination!

 

 

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Beautiful Dark Storms, oil painting  on board

 

 

Beautiful Dark Storms

 

No picture perfect, pretty blue skies today.

Nor tropical turquoise waters lapping so softly upon the glittering golden warm sands.

No.

Moody.  Ominous.  Storms and seas lashing out in wild fury.  …… so it seemed.

 

 

 

The Painting

I was inspired.  My imagination freed.

The canvas of sky and sea was spectacular.

And regardless of whether I “do it justice” or not; still, I will do what I’m being stirred to do.

The rapidly changing faces of the sea and sky needed to be recorded, needed photographed, and needed to be painted.

 

 

This oil painting was completed fairly quickly, from memory.

Not on the spot.

(Nor while looking at the photos. I felt that if I could not convey the Feeling of the scene, from my heart felt remembrance of the scene, and stir the viewers to an emotional response,  then perhaps I need to do better next time!)

 

 

We  just returned from a quick little break at Scarborough Beach.   

While there,  were treated to some mid winter wild storms.

The vibe of the beach was vastly different to what we see 90% of the time here in Perth.

And that very difference..  made the gloom, greyness, biting cold, the squalls, the skies  – so much more Intriguing!

 

 

 

I kept this simple, with a monochromatic theme.

Less,  being More.

 

Employing too many colors, would be a recipe for Chaos.

For a lack of clarity.

And while that very element is required to some degree for this painting to work, Chaos must not reign out of control.

It must be harnessed.

Channeled.

I must ‘direct’ it.

As the artist/creator,  I must direct where the eyes will go.

 

And you can I hope,  see that the eye is being led.

From the lower right hand corner, diagonally up and left. Towards the shelf of buff and The White that is butted up against the deep dark richness of Prussian Blue in its very darkest.

 

(This Contrast of Light against Dark is a lovely tool to use in your paintings.)

 

 

 

Oil Paints Used

Colors used were,  primarily my Blues:  Prussian Blue,  Cobalt Teal Blue,  White,  Buff Titanium,  and a bit of Cerulean.

 

 

 

Surface Used

I chose to use a prepared wood board.  Its solid, heavy and would allow the brush marks to remain visible if and where I so chose to do so.

The sturdy feel of these wood wrap around boards is very enjoyable to use. But it is rather expensive here, so I keep them for ‘treats.’

 

 

 

A side note…. for those in Perth going to Scarborough Beach – The Wild Fig cafe/restaurant certainly has my vote for delicious food.

Everything we ate while there, was great.   And their GF Fig Cake was incredible.