Last week I had the opportunity of taking a workshop on Oil and Cold Wax Medium with an incredible teacher, Mark Russell, and talented artist Kathleen Roman. After seeing Mark's work and other artist's who use cold wax, I jumped at the chance to learn how to use it. Above is my favorite little painting I worked on over those two days. It was a really fun experience, and I have a much greater appreciation (and excitement!) of what is involved in the process.
I am drawn to the textural effects and thin translucent layers that CWM (Cold Wax Medium) can add to a painting. Both encaustic and CWM are similar in that they contain beeswax but they are applied differently. Encaustic involves heated beeswax combined with pigment and damar resin. CWM is a pasty substance made of beeswax and a small amount of solvent and is applied at room temperature. When combined with oil paint, CWM has a spreadable consistency, that extends and adds body and aids in drying time. Both mediums can be used to build up layers which is how I approach a painting. CWM feels more like traditional painting, and I'm anxious to continue exploring the medium in addition to my encaustic work.
Here are some pics from the workshop including work from Mark and Kathy:
Below are a few closeups of my work:
I really enjoyed working with Mark and Kathy and learning the techniques of Oil and Cold Wax. In just two short days, I feel like I have a foundation and an overwhelming amount of inspiration to develop work in this medium. In both encaustic and CWM there's an infinite amount of possibility and room for experimentation. Thanks Mark for sharing all of your knowledge!