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Don’t Force the Horse

oil and cold wax grouping

Grouping of 6, 6″x6″ oil and cold wax, arches oil paper on 1 1/2 cradled panel. All 6 for $50 each + shipping

Surprise! (it’s not a horse) Last month I attended a fantastic workshop in Oil and Cold Wax at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology taught by abstract artist Dayna Collins. This is my third workshop in this medium, so I guess you could say I am getting the hang of it a wee bit more – however it is a medium that the possibilities for exploration are endless.

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Surprise #1, 6×6 oil and cold wax, arches oil paper on 1 1/2 cradled panel.

At this workshop I made a conscious decision to force myself to play with new colours, new methods and different tools. I also decided I would not ‘Force the Horse’, which my fellow students and teacher found quite amusing as I spoke about my intentional restraint.

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Surprise #2, 6″x6″ oil and cold wax, arches oil paper, 1 1/2 cradled panel

I am an equine painter, however the last workshop in Cold Wax I attended, I was working the horse into every piece I created, rather than just playing with the medium. In hindsight, I think perhaps not the best decision, because I didn’t push myself outside of my comfort zone. So this time, for once, I let the horse go. Much to my surprise I created some lovely abstract work, some beautiful pieces I didn’t know I had in me.

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Surprise #3, oil and cold wax, arches oil paper, 1 1/2″ cradled panel

There is 6 in the series that were created all at once, working intuitively across oil paper that was taped down to a big sheet. I have buffed and mounted them to 1 1/2 cradled block.

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Surprise #4, oil and cold wax on arches oil paper, mounted to 1 1/2 cradled panel

I have priced them individually here, however if anyone is interested in buying in a grouping I would drop the price, 3 for $65 or all 6 for $50 each plus shipping. They look outstanding in a set!!

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Surprise #5, oil and cold wax on arches oil paper, mounted to 1 1/2″ cradled panel

Btw – the oil and cold wax horses are coming soon 🙂

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Surprise #6, oil and cold wax on arches oil paper, mounted to 1 1/2″ cradled panel

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