Transformations in Oil and Cold Wax
Serena Barton, Instructor
July 10-13, 2017 (9am – 4pm)
Materials Fee: $55
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. I let you in on the qualities unique to oil and cold wax. I encourage you to mix and match techniques in your own way and to develop your own style. You’ll learn several ways to prepare your wood supports, including using Venetian Plaster and oil ground, and we’ll 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. We’ll also cover adding collage, sand, plaster, marble dust, and collage elements to your pieces. We’ll explore the creative process and ways to get your creativity flowing.
If you are an experienced painter, you’ll love delving into painting with oil and cold wax. I’ll help you achieve a loose, expressive attitude and style. If you are new to painting, working with oil and cold wax is a great way to begin. I love this medium, as there are no mistakes! You can change the look of your piece at any time by layering, scraping back, and using solvents.
The watchword for this workshop is, “Experiment!” You’ll build up many layers, incise, scribble, scrape back, and texture your work, allowing each piece to tell its own story.
Serena Barton: Transformations in Oil and Cold Wax
Large tubes of black and white oil paint
A set of about 12 colors of oil paint (inexpensive is okay) or your favorite oil paints
Catalyst wedge # 6 (available from dickblick.com)
16 oz. tin or jar of Cold Wax Medium
2 medium sized palette (painting) knives
Two 12 x 16” pads of Arches Oil Paper (dickblick.com)
Optional: Oil pastels and/or oil bars if you have them
Cradled panels if you prefer these to the flat ones I’ll provide
Supply Fee: 55.
This covers additional oil paints to share, additional cold wax to use if needed, flat birch panels for painting, Venetian Plaster, marble dust, sand, metal leaf, and collage elements to share, solvents to share, texturing tools to use, graphite crayons, stabile or ebony pencils, oil bars and oil pastels to share.
Serena Barton: Bio
Art was my first love. As a young child, I pored over my grandmother’s books filled with art prints. My early exposure to art taught me to see breathtaking richness in ordinary things.
At age four, I won a prize in the local children’s parade for my tricycle float, which was decorated with my drawings. In elementary school, teachers praised the personality they saw in my work. I executed many commissions for my elementary school peers, earning censure from my third grade teacher for “drawing all the time.”
I gradually moved away from making visual art and acting became my passion. It wasn’t until my forties that I realized, following a life-changing trip to Italy, that I wanted and needed to paint. I haven’t stopped making art since. I also discovered the joy of encouraging and teaching others to discover or rekindle their creative passions.
As a teacher I provide lots of individual attention, feedback, and encouragement.
I live in Portland, OR USA where I offer art workshops, creativity groups, and individual art coaching. I exhibit and sell work in galleries and online. My articles and work have appeared in many books and magazines in the U.S. I’m the author of the books, Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop and, Wabi-Sabi Painting with Cold Wax, published by North Light as well as two North Light DVDs.
I love to work with you to learn new techniques, find new inspiration, and ride the waves of the creative process.