Oil and Cold Wax Painting

Oil and cold wax painting is one of my favorite ways to paint. It is not just a medium, it is an entire process distinct from other media. It has followers and OCW artists get hooked on its unique experimental process and look. I love working with the paints, mixing in the wax, spreading, layering, lifting, and tooling the paint into a unique art piece. Oil and cold wax refers to oil paint mixed with cold wax medium. Cold wax medium is a soft mix of beeswax, mineral spirits and alkyd resin. Oil paints are mixed with this wax to give it body, change its opacity, and make it workable. It can to be manipulated with palette knives, scrapers, spatulas, skewers, combs and other tools. I like the unpredictable nature of it. I start with my color choices, mix in the medium and start laying it down on the canvas with a bowl scraper. Messy! Requires lots of paper towels. I rarely use brushes with this. Since I paint intuitively I do not have any subject in mind.  Intuitive painting is a meditati

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