Poetic Abstractions with Artist Oils and Cold Wax with Georgia Gibbs

Sunday, June 11, 12 – 3 pm

$100 plus a $35 materials fee

Workshop participants will get a 10% discount on any purchase made in the gallery on the day of the workshop.

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Fundamentals & Techniques

Artist oils and cold wax have been used since the time of the pharaohs. Today it is valued for its expressive qualities and lends itself to creating beautiful intuitive work. Through layering and excavating, this medium lends itself to poetic abstractions. The only required skill is a willingness to explore. Cold wax, a mixture of beeswax and solvent, is mixed with artist oils to create a thick paint body, similar to soft butter. It does not use heat to set.

For this introductory course, you’ll be introduced to some of the basic techniques for painting with oils and cold wax. Applied to a rigid panel, it can be manipulated with various tools. Your work can be further enhanced by adding texture or using other additive techniques such as colored crayons, collage and more. There will be a review of the tools and materials useful in creating your paintings as well as demonstrations. No drawing skills are required.

For the majority of our time together, you will create, explore, and experiment on 12 x 12-inch panels using non-traditional tools. I will be available for one-on-one attention and personal feedback.


  • Review and demonstration of the tools and materials useful in creating your paintings.
  • Create, explore, and experiment on 12 x 12 inch panels using non-traditional tools.
  • Review of good work habits for a healthy studio.

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