|"Tempest" oil paint and cold wax medium on golden gessoed board, ©Laura Gable|
This painting has been in progress for a while - just put some finishing touches on it today. Next time, I will post progress photos since the process is quite interesting. Today I introduced oil pastels for the squiggly strokes (some blended with fingertips), added more white mixed with wax, and scratched through dried color. The bright gold tones peeking through is the base coat of gold gesso. I love gold gesso.
So why cold-wax medium? I had free Gamblin samples, and purchased Dorland's last year. I sometimes use it to coat covers in my book arts projects (hides fingerprints, gives a buttery feel). Unlike Encaustic, it doesn't need heating (and not recommended). Mixing it with oils allows one to work thin layers over thick ... so the traditional "fat over lean" can be ignored. I usually mix 50-50. It can be buffed when totally dry for a waxy look.
Even though this is non-representational I see the suggestions of a landscape back in there, so I chose "Tempest" for the title. I love the word. It's my grandmother's middle name. She was a force to be reckoned with. Thanks for looking!!