Jane Cornish Smith’s 2-day Online Cold Wax Abstract Compositions and Abstract Landscapes

Hi Friends, A few spaces available… Let me know if you’d like to join in!

Online Version

This workshop takes place Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th, 2020, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days, and I have a few available spaces right now! We’ll be using a live Zoom format to provide the same content, feedback, and limited class size as an in-person workshop! Work, interact, and create from home!

If you are interested in joining in, please let me know right away and you’ll want to order your supplies asap as we are quickly approaching the workshop date. The full amount is currently due. Many thanks, Bonny

Here’s all the info:

Jane Cornish Smith’s 2-day Cold Wax Workshop – Online Zoom version!

Abstract Compositions and Abstract Landscape

Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th, 2020

10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day

The new online cost is $325.00 (supply list and registration info below)

Payment and Registration info: Please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly and we will limit this on-line workshop to 12! When emailing to register, please also provide your phone number. Payment info: The cost of the workshop is $325.00 The full amount is now currently due. Payment Options (after space availability is confirmed:) ▪ via Zelle to [email protected] ▪ via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your payment to [email protected] ▪ via PayPal by requesting a paypal invoice from me. ▪ By check to The Encaustic Center, 580 W Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, TX, 75080 ▪ By credit card; call Bonny at 214-405-5993 Cancellation policy: In the event of cancellation after the workshop is paid in full: $215.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Zoom: You will be receiving a link to your workshop. You may like to work from a laptop or desktop for a larger screen but phone is fine too.
The Bonny Studio Classes: thebonnystudio.com
580 W.Arapaho Rd. #262
Richardson, TX. 75080
[email protected] The Encaustic Center: theencausticcenter.com
580 W.Arapaho Rd. #271
Richardson, TX. 75080
Schedule: http://theencausticcenter.com/schedule.html
Bonny Leibowitz
[email protected]

Explore the endless possibilities of abstract painting with cold wax! Take a thought-provoking immersion into the use of luminous cold wax with oil paint, mineral spirits, mixed media, mark-making materials, brushes, scrapers and imagination. Composition, color and contrast will be addressed, along with an exploration of visual elements such as line, shape, pattern, texture, mass, and depth. The workshop will include discussion on how to create landscape abstractions, as well as non-representational works. This versatile medium yields rich and emotive surfaces. Develop your own personal expression in this fun and freeing workshop! All experience levels welcome.

This new 2-day format (description below) has proven to be especially valuable in introducing various techniques and layering, bringing work to greater potential! If you’ve participated in Jane’s workshops before, and would like to continue working on a previous piece or pieces, and get feedback, please have them available as you create! See some of the pics from workshops here: Cold Wax Workshops with Jane Cornish Smith

Day One:

Introductions and demo on taping paper, setting up media. Any questions throughout the workshop are welcome!
Participants tape their Arches Oil Paper and organize space.

Brief discussion on the characteristics of cold wax medium and substrates.

Slide show on artists that work with cold wax, looking at individual approaches concerning art elements and principles: shape, color, value, line, texture, pattern, contrast, and composition. Slides will showcase both landscape and non-representational abstractions.
Demo: wet-into-wet warm up paintings, mixing CWM with oil paint using a limited color palette.

Participants create four small works individually; one-on-one instruction and feedback. Students can tune in to feedback throughout workshop if desired as they work.

Break for lunch

Guided exercise on cropping photo references for optimal compositions, thumbnail sketches, discussion on design, and review of black and white value scale.

Demo on mixing a broader color palette with CWM and oil paint, making initial layers on new works.
Participants create first layers; one-on-one instruction and feedback.

Day Two:

Demo on adding layers with CWM and oil paint, mineral spirits, particulates, pigments sticks, alcohol inks, and other media; additive and subtractive techniques.
Participants continue with subsequent layers; one-on-one instruction and feedback. Some students may like to work on unfinished pieces from prior workshops as well.
Break for lunch

Participants continue to work on paintings; one-on-one instruction and feedback.

Sharing of one-of-a-kind abstracted artworks! Group discussion, critique, final questions and answers.

Supplies to have on hand for workshop: (order asap as deliveries are slower these days):

Arches Oil Paper, one 9 x 12” pad containing 12 sheets, available here

Newsprint paper, Newsprint 12 sheets 12 x 18”, or you can use pieces of newspaper

Bowl scrapers: here’s the link: Bowl Scraper

You can also substitute 2 x 3” 1 x 2” etc pieces of cardboard or mat board or use a palette knife.

One Brayer: here’s the Inovart link
or Speedball brayer here

Various mark-making tools for Incising, texturizing, stenciling, and scraping: you can use various ceramic tools, or toothpicks, bamboo skewers, palette knife, paper clips, scrunched up wax paper or plastic wrap, bubble wrap— anything goes! Ceramic tools: here

Wax paper or freezer paper from the grocery store that you can tape to a table to mix paint.

Odorless mineral spirits or odorless Turpentine and a jar. Gamsol is a great: here or Mona Lisa here.

Cold wax medium: 16 ounces of cold wax medium, Gamblin- here’s a link or Dorlands.

Charcoal and pencil- any type

Oil paint – this can be a variety of your favorite colors but be sure to at least have basic yellow, blue, red, and plenty of white. Any color can be mixed from the three primaries! To get a variety of cool, warm, opaque, and transparent colors, I usually use Cadmium Yellow Light, Indian Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson, Mars Black, Titanium White. Any brand will do.

Palette knife- any medium metal diamond shaped type, here’s a link for mixing color and applying medium.

Sketchbook or paper and pencil, for taking notes and making thumbnail sketches. Paper is also good for cutting out “corners” for finding good compositions.

Paper towels – one roll

Reference photos or printouts: Inkjet or Xerox’s of landscape or other images of your favorite places, objects, etc with a good contrast of lights and darks.

Tape – blue or green, one 1” roll

Optional- Alcohol Inks: you can buy here: Jane’s favorites: Adirondack rust/stonewash/pitch black. As a substitute, you can use oil paint and mineral spirits mixed together.

Optional- PanPastels your choice of colors, but here’s a link for metallics if you’d like here or dry pastels, other possibilities are charcoal powder, marble powder, ash, fine dirt, paprika, etc.

Optional- R&F Pigment Sticks, your choice of colors, but here’s a small set that’s in stock https://www.dickblick.com/items/01107-1089/. Also The Bonny Studio and Encaustic Center carries R&F pigment sticks at a 20% discount here.

Optional- thin papers for collaging, such as newspaper, tissue paper, etc.

Optional- A smock or apron – CWM can get messy

Optional- Gloves- nitrile or latex to protect hands from absorbing oil paint and mineral spirits, and for easy clean up.