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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Never Say Never


This is cold wax. Years ago, when I cleaned up my studio after 12 years of oil based zinc plate printmaking (etchings) I swore I'd never let oil back into my studio. But then encaustic snuck under the door. And one thing always leads to another.


So here are the suspects. Dorlands cold wax. CitraSolv. Dry pigments and oils - tools, gloves, rags, ventilation, the whole wonderful, stinky, gosh-awful business.


The hardest part is waiting for things to dry. Overnight!! my friends. While I tap my little toes. The images above were where the little canvases were at the end of day one.


And at the end of day two; still not finished, hardly even started but I wanted to share my pain. What you can do with the cold wax is so similar to some of the plaster painting techniques that I am in a frenzy of experimentation and manic happiness. Then I will try some of the techniques with slow drying acrylics. One of my mentors told me to slow down and focus but if that were possible I wouldn't be who I am. I am just not product driven. I am a girl who still likes to play in the "mud". 

14 comments:

Dawn E. Shepherd Nguyen said...

Beautiful as always Judy. Looking forward to watching these pieces progress.

:)
Dawn

Ruth Armitage said...

I have tried cold wax but was pretty frustrated with having to wait for things to dry overnight! Glad to see you working it girl :) I will look forward to seeing the final images...

MB Shaw said...

Very intriguing. I know zero about this and am anxious to see where it goes. As usual, you are rockin', my friend. xoxo

Meri said...

Will this be part of the class?

Sharon said...

Yes yes, love me some mud pies too. But I'm not sure I have your patience to wait for the beauty. Thanks for sharing thus far.

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

This post has left me smiling:) Can't wait to see how they turn out!
♥Jenny

ps: hope you're enjoying the sunshine, i'm so happy it's finally here!

jill nalette said...

oh these look interesting. update when you're done.
xo + smiles~ jill

Jackie Wood said...

Oh a girl after my own heart, playing in the mud is so very fun!!!

Kimberlee said...

Lovely! I am too impatient to wait for things to dry, but you make me want to try it anyway.

Stephanie Lee said...

The nice thing about doing something RIGHT before bed is that you are kind of forced to let them dry. :) I do that often...like with gel transfers and what not...makes me feel grown up all that waiting patiently (i.e. sleeping). :)
LOVE the effects! That top piece totally looks like plaster!

Lynn said...

Oh dear, being frustrated while playing is a difficult mix.
But I do trust you ARE having FUN and that you are in the process of turning out/creating beautiful art as always. How fun to watch you exploring new avenues!

And so it goes... said...

Manic happiness.... it doesn't get much better than that!!!

Kim Mailhot said...

Don't go changing...;)


Love the lookof the start here though.Play and experimentation is fun but you know your artist self best. Don't know why but it makes sense to me that you prefer to use hot wax instead...maybe that big warm heart ?
Love you, inspiring one !

katie said...

when your site opened, and i saw that first painting, i could not look away - i felt my heart quicken, really!!! i love this judy, love this direction you're going.
xox