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Explore the endless possibilities of abstract painting with cold wax! Take a thought-provoking immersion into the use of luminous cold wax with oil paint, mineral spirits, mixed media, mark-making materials, brushes, scrapers and imagination. Composition, color and contrast will be addressed, along with an exploration of visual elements such as line, shape, pattern, texture, mass, and depth. The workshop will include discussion on how to create landscape abstractions, as well as non-representational works. This versatile medium yields rich and emotive surfaces. Develop your own personal expression in this fun and freeing workshop! All experience levels welcome.
This new 2-day format (description below) has proven to be especially valuable in introducing various techniques and layering, bringing work to greater potential! If you've participated in Jane's workshops before, and would like to continue working on a previous piece or pieces, and get feedback, please have them available as you create! See some of the pics from workshops here: Cold Wax Workshops with Jane Cornish Smith
Introductions and demo on taping paper, setting up media. Any questions throughout the workshop are welcome!
Participants tape their Arches Oil Paper and organize space.
Brief discussion on the characteristics of cold wax medium and substrates.
Slide show on artists that work with cold wax, looking at individual approaches concerning art elements and principles: shape, color, value, line, texture, pattern, contrast, and composition. Slides will showcase both landscape and non-representational abstractions.
Demo: wet-into-wet warm up paintings, mixing CWM with oil paint using a limited color palette.
Participants create four small works individually; one-on-one instruction and feedback. Students can tune in to feedback throughout workshop if desired as they work.
Break for lunch
Guided exercise on cropping photo references for optimal compositions, thumbnail sketches, discussion on design, and review of black and white value scale.
Demo on mixing a broader color palette with CWM and oil paint, making initial layers on new works.
Participants create first layers; one-on-one instruction and feedback.
Demo on adding layers with CWM and oil paint, mineral spirits, particulates, pigments sticks, alcohol inks, and other media; additive and subtractive techniques.
Participants continue with subsequent layers; one-on-one instruction and feedback. Some students may like to work on unfinished pieces from prior workshops as well.
Break for lunch
Participants continue to work on paintings; one-on-one instruction and feedback.
Sharing of one-of-a-kind abstracted artworks! Group discussion, critique, final questions and answers.
Supplies to have on hand for workshop: (order asap as deliveries are slower these days):
Originally from Canada, Texas-based artist Jane Cornish Smith’s nomadic childhood, along with her artist mother, fostered an appreciation for creative expression from a young age. Jane produces paintings and sculptural work with diverse materials and subject matter, but has concentrated in recent years on cold wax and encaustic mediums. She has attended artist residencies at the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy; Vermont Studio Center; and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and earned BFA, MLA, and MFA degrees. An award-winning artist, her work hangs at the University of Texas at Tyler, Brookhaven College, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, Tenby Museum and Art Gallery in Wales, the Cancer Support Community of North Texas, and others. She enjoys teaching, and making art from her studio in rural Lone Oak, Texas. www.janecornishsmithart.com