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Colorful and Dynamic Abstracted Landscapes

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September 6, 2021
September 9, 2021
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Workshop Overview

Oil and cold wax is a versatile medium that creates rich luminosity and interesting surfaces. Applied with putty and palette knives, it feels like painting with whipped butter. Using our surroundings at Sitka as a jumping off point for playful abstraction, we will pump up the color and make bold, startling marks to create surprise and inspire awe. We will experiment with laying down swaths of paint, building texture, and scraping away. We will work intuitively and energetically on multiple pieces, exploring texture, color, layers, composition, and design. My goal is for you to return home with several completed pieces, several beginnings, and a refreshed and renewed enthusiasm.

About the Instructor(s)

Dayna Collins is an energetic and enthusiastic abstract painter. She loves experimenting with texture, layers and color, likening her paintings to going on an archeological dig. Her work can be found in two Northwest galleries and she is featured in several books.

She paints intuitively and abstractly, laying down bold swaths of color in oil paint mixed with cold wax, then going back in, scraping, layering, adding, subtracting, refining the composition and finally discovering the story buried in the paint. She loves making marks using oil pigment sticks, graphite, or by scratching into the surface with a sharp object, each mark reflecting her eclectic personality. She is an energetic teacher and provides a safe place for students to experiment and learn new techniques.

Materials List: Students Bring

6-8 wood substrates, no larger than 11x14 inches; we will be working on several boards at once to allow for drying time. You can use cradled or flat panels, or you can work exclusively on Arches Oil Paper. Please gesso or paint your boards with acrylic paint prior to class. No need to gesso Arches Oil Paper.

16-oz. Gamblin or Dorland's cold wax

Messermeister Silicone Bowl Scraper (available on Amazon) or Squeegees (available through Cold Wax Academy

2 or 3 palette knives in a variety of sizes

3 or 4-inch putty knife with flexible blade

12x16 pad of Arches Oil Paper

A small assortment of oil paints in colors you love, including Titanium white. With a red, blue, and a yellow, we can mix a lot of colors. I'll bring lots of paint colors to share.

16x20 pad of palette paper

Two rolls of paper towels

Masking or painters tape


A variety of texture-making materials, i.e., stencils, corrugated cardboard, old rubber stamps. Be creative and bring what you have on hand.

Mark-making tools, i.e., skewers, awl, clay tools, nail, metal dental picks. Again, be creative.

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

Galkyd medium


Galkyd Lite

Mineral oil

Large variety of oil paints to share

R & F Pigment Sticks to experiment with

Stencils, brayers, and scrapers to share

Texture-making materials to share

Mark-making tools to share

Charcoal and graphite pencils

Loose charcoal and graphite

Pan pastels

Baby wipes


Tissue paper & newsprint

Wax paper

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