More on my Oil & Cold Wax Journey…I finally knew what I wanted on the cover of one of my art journals! A journal that I started back in 2016 that has been nondescript and patiently waiting for me to figure it out.
I seem to have found a wonderful passion inspired by this exciting and forgiving medium. I love the intuitive process. I love the colors. I love the mixing. I love the effects. I love the limitless possibilities. I LOVE oil & cold wax.
I have long been interested in encaustic art. I even bought all the various supplies…small crock pot, griddle, wax, temperature gauge, all of it! But I was intimidated by the process and worried about the fumes since I have asthma. Then I saw a painting from a fellow artist, asking her if it was encaustic and she replied no, thereby introducing me to the world of Oil & Cold Wax.
Of course it took me a while to actually start experimenting with cold wax…starting with this portrait, since I was primarily focused on faces at the time.
So now here I am in 2020 and there has been a definite shift in my art. I joined Matt Tommey’s online artist mentoring program, that I credit for somehow influencing this shift. I have been participating in Created To Thrive for a few months now, and even though I have been sporadic in participating and taking advantage of all the advice and guidance available, I am glad I joined. It feels good to belong to a group of like-minded creatives.
But that’s not the only influence on my dive into oil and cold wax…I have been watching YouTube videos that have inspired me as well. Gently guiding me through the process and man oh man am I having FUN!
So, anyway…here is my jump back into the medium. I feel a newfound passion for the medium and enjoy experimenting like never before! A sense of freedom and a lessening of the fear of failure or screwing up. SO glad I am on this journey and so glad I live in a time with such a tremendous access to learning on the internet!
2020…time really does fly by! I gave myself a year free of pressure to create art…a year to explore…journaling, trying new mediums, time to just play and explore…and journal I did! Thoroughly immersing myself in it, thanks to Ivy Newport and her StudioWorks online membership. Ivy is very inspiring and an amazing Mentor/Teacher/Guide.
So, this is my first real piece of 2020. Acrylic, watercolor style on cradled wood. I pretty much always struggle with titles for my artwork, but not this time…It just came into my head with a clarity that surprised me – In My Dreams. As in “life is but a dream” from the childhood song Row, Row, Row Your Boat. I love my life here in the mountains, and when I no longer dwell on this earth, I hope I will always remember this wonderful life I have been blessed with…family, love, nature, beauty, and blessed with the gift of creating with the greatest Creator of all!