I use Artist Quality Oils and often mix them together with Cold Wax Medium. I love the way the wax moves as I sculpt the oils with a brush or knife, squeegees and brayers. Making many layers and scraping back reveals colour below rather like archeology. The worn textured appearance is exciting.
Cold Wax medium adds translucency and texture to the surface. It dries with a matte finish.
As the painting progresses I might make colour changes. I add layers, take parts away or make new marks. I rely on my feelings and let the painting ‘speak’ to me.
Mixing colour and sculpting the thick, luscious oils has become the focus of my work. I love the ‘journey’ and when I make a painting I never really know the outcome in advance. The element of surprise is appealing as the surface changes along the way.
Some take weeks of scraping back and changing course whilst others come together quickly without too much stress. More often there is a battle of wills as I fight the canvas for an acceptable outcome but these challenges keep me focused and prevent complacency. Knowing when to stop is the hard part.
Here are some recent paintings in the workshop...
There is a change in mood as I take on a more pensive feel in my work. Perhaps autumn has made the difference, as the surrounding fields and hedgerows relax after summer.