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Playful Abstracted Landscapes in Oil and Cold Wax

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June 9, 2023
June 13, 2023
10:00 - 4:00
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Workshop Overview

Let's get messy and experiment with oil paint mixed with cold wax medium! We will apply paint with putty and palette knives, then use unconventional tools to create marks and interesting surfaces. Using our surroundings as inspiration and with a focus on bold color, we will work intuitively and energetically on multiple pieces exploring texture, layers, composition and design. We will challenge ourselves to create dynamic pieces, continually asking, "What causes a gasp of delight." You will leave with finished pieces, several beginnings and a renewed enthusiasm to keep painting.

About the Instructor(s)

Dayna's fiery red hair sets the tone for how she makes her art and lives her life. She is an energetic, intuitive, abstract painter working in oil and cold wax. She loves experimenting with texture, layers and color, likening her paintings to going on an archaeological dig.

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 the workshop. No need to gesso Arches Oil Paper.

• 16-oz. Gamblin's Cold Wax Medium

• Squeegee available through Cold Wax Medium Academy (; small or medium size or you can order a Messemeister Silicone Bowl Scraper available through Amazon.

• 2 or 3 palette knives in a variety of sizes

• 3-inch or 4-inch putty knife with a flexible blade

• 12x16 inch 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 will bring lots of paint colors for you to use.

• 16x20-inch pad of palette paper

• Two rolls of paper towels

• Masking or painter's tape


• A variety of texture-making materials, for instance, stencils, corrugated cardboard, old rubber stamps. Be creative and bring what you have on hand. Look in your garage and kitchen!

• Mark-making tools, i.e., skewers, awl, clay tools, nail, metal dental tools. Again, be creative and search your house.

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Galkyd medium

• Gamsol

• Galkyd Lite

• Marble dust

• Mineral oil

• Large variety of oil paints to share

• R&F Pigment Sticks to experiment with

• Marabu Art Crayons, Sakura Solid Markers, and Stabilo Woodies

• Grease pencils and assorted pencils

• 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

• Citra-Solv

• Baby wipes

• Gloves

• Tissue paper and newsprint

• Wax paper

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