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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Moving in New Directions!

To stay fresh, one must explore uncharted territories, even if the ocean explored has been explored by others-it's still your new journey and time to stretch your own wings.  That is exactly what I have been up to this month...moving in new directions and exploring processes that are very new and exciting for me.  These are 5 of more than 15 new pieces in a body of work I'm creating (which will grow by leaps in bounds over the next few months) as I wrap my artistic mind and skills around a new medium, new techniques and lots of uncharted territory.     I've dabbled a bit in cold wax, but nothing to the extent I've been playing with this month.   As I look to the future, one thing is clear.  Nothing stays the same forever, and everything is about to change.  I consider that a good thing.

Never be afraid to grow, change, and simply hone your skills by stretching your wings.  You never know what you'll discover, you may even fall in love...and that is the precipice that I'm standing on right now.

While I plan to do a series of classes down the road, the first major class I will be conducting on Cold Wax and Oil painting will be this October during our ReMe Retreats-The Sandhills.   The retreat is now open for registration with more info coming up shortly...this is your sneak peek at my class which I'm so stoked about!    I'm also sharing in this blog post, some of my favorite supplies used in creating this body of work.  Go ahead and try it, and then if you want some guidance, come back to me and I hope to give you what you need to blossom just as you should.

Here's to always spreading your wings and growing.  New doors open when you push through them.

 Cold Wax and Oil Painting Supplies

In 2017, I'm working on a new collection of abstracts along with new in person workshops, online classes and perhaps even a dvd down the road around the mysterious and beautiful qualities of cold wax and oil painting techniques and processes.  Stay tuned for more details.  In the meantime, I'd like to share some of my favorite supplies that I've found fun to use in the creation of this new body of work.   

Oil Paint medium, use to thin out paint, add glazes and gloss.

Gamblin Cold Wax Medium
Dorland's Wax Medium
Add some texture to your paintings with this diverse set of  palette knives.
Basic palette knives you need for mixing and applying cold wax and oil paints.
Smooth, blend, mix, and apply your paint mixture with this flexible, silicone wedge by Princeton.
Shiva Oil Painting sticks- colorless blender

Yes you need a big daddy titanium white paint stick!
Assorted oil painting sticks

Basic starter set of oil paints, add on as you need-- (larger set click here)get extra titanium white.
Oil pencils, great to draw on your surface prior to painting or over top once dry. 
Other scraper options--check out items in the baking section of a homegoods store such as this silicone scraper.
Davinci wood panels
I actually prefer the square format but any size or shape to paint with, but any wood panels you can find will work.

Oil paint brushes

Oil Paint Brush Washer-stainless steel 

Brush Cleaner Lavender Oil  is one option you can use.


Not ready to dive into abstracts using cold wax and oils, be sure to check out my new book!

22 exercises and tons of inspiration are included in my first solo publication, "Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink" 


ncurryartiste said...

What's your layer to layer drying time?

Jodi Ohl said...

Hi Nancy, the truth is that I can't really say definitively as it all depends on how thick one puts on your layers, the amount of paint, the type of oil paint you use, if you use solvent to thin down other portions of your paint, your climate and temperature.

The time could be a couple of hours, to a day, to a few days taken into account all the variables.


Barbara said...

Can you do cold wax with acrylics? I'm coming to Raleigh in July and Thanksgiving any chance of a workshop at that time ?how far are you from Raleigh?