It is funny, but at the end of a particular project, sometimes a feeling of flatness or aimlessness can occur. The same thing happened to me at the end of each year at Uni when I was completing my undergraduate for BA, my Honours year, and my Grad Dip Ed year. Now, after completing the last painting for The Last Fleet series, I have been feeling rather flat. I have a bit of work to do on each of them to ensure they are good for hanging in the Gold Coast Art Gallery before they are hung - such as making sure all edges look good, D-rings at the correct height, and looking for any areas in the work that might need touching up, making sure I have signed them all. But still I felt restless. So I decided that I needed to start a new series of works. I do intend to do more shipwreck paintings eventually, but need to get more material from other shipwrecks first.
I have been interested in Cold Wax painting for a while. I want to learn how to do it and perhaps eventually to add it as an option in my teaching classes. There are a few artists that I know of that teach Cold Wax, but they live a few hours away, and we are not currently in a position for me to spend a lot of money to stay overnight to attend these classes, so I decided to look online, which is a much cheaper option and almost as good. I purchased and downloaded Judy Wise's Online Cold Wax course. I am more than happy with the online lessons, and believe that I can learn to use Cold Wax by working through the exercises. Judy is an excellent artist and teacher and I would recommend her online course for anyone who is wants to learn this beautiful medium.
I also have a book 'Wabi-sabi - Painting with Cold Wax by Serena Barton which I am finding very inspirational, and following some of the exercises there. The ancient philosophy of wabi-wabi honours the imperfect, the transitory and the humble. This perfectly fits with my ongoing theme of exploring the surface of discarded, abandoned human manufactured constructs in the natural environment - a theme I started developing during my undergraduate study.
Because Cold Wax is characteristically layered and quite heavily textured, I will start with abstract images.
When I went for my walk this morning, I took close-up photos of things that are textured, or rusted, or graffitied. I would absolutely love to wanter through Italy, Spain, Greece to take photos of their weathered walls, but unfortunately this is not possible for me at this stage. Hopefully one day....... So I had to make do with where I am living. Below are some of the results. I processed them and adjusted the colours in photoshop and have uploaded them below into a slideshow. I think they are rather beautiful and inspiring. I can use these images as inspiration for composition and colour combinations to make a new series of works. I will post the results of my experiments with Cold Wax as I progress.
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