Thursday, 30 May 2013


I've been experimenting a lot in cold wax lately and I just love it.  Applying my own style has been difficult for some reason, maybe because others who paint in cold wax are so soft and subtle and I am always so bright.  This painting has come close to what I need to create and it is a small glimpse of what I can perhaps produce.

Very busy in the shoe store at the moment so painting has had to go on the backburner again.  Stop. Start. Stop. Start.  Hard for me as I like a bit of flow!

In the meantime I dream of smooshy paint/wax and to the time when I can get back to it!

Monday, 27 May 2013

More Cold Wax

This morning I visited my local hardware store to purchase more wood panels for cold wax painting.  These paintings are roughly 12" x 12".  The day has been cold and wet, so there was nothing better I could think of to do, than settle in for some more cold wax painting!  Some of my paintings have been soft and subtle......

Others have been simple.....  I have chosen trees as my theme (as you have probably guessed!) while I experiment with this medium.  Shellac flakes feature on this one (messy, but i love 'em).

Others are a little dark and shimmery, trees in the moonlight!  More to come!

Saturday, 25 May 2013


Cold Wax! It's so lovely to work with!  If you ever get the chance to do a Cold Wax Workshop with Judy Wise, just do it!  It's a wonderful medium that has so many possibilities!

Typical of me, I have tried to make cold wax fit 'me' and don't find myself painting like Judy Wise or any of the other Artists I shared creative space with last weekend.  This is good from a unique artist point of view, but difficult and quite a challenge to find my 'voice' in this medium.

I am  really keen to nail it though and have a few days up my sleeve to produce more cold wax pieces.  It is good to break out of my comfort zone however.  Will post my next attempts!

Monday, 20 May 2013

A Challenge

I'm back home again after three days in Jervis Bay, south of Sydney. I stayed in a beautiful little cabin (with an awesome bathroom!), walking distance from cafes, restaurants and the bay.

I had a wonderful weekend sharing creative space with ten other artsists, absorbing all there is to know about painting with cold wax from Judy Wise.  It is quite a challenge to get the richness of colour while still remaining subtle and soft.  However, it is a medium with infinite possibilities, so I will be experimenting more as soon as I get the opportunity.

These cold wax pieces do not photograph well, most of the detail and sweetness is lost unfortunately, but I hope you get the general idea looking at these pics. These are the best of the bunch that I created.

I made some lovely new friends over lunch and dinner and hope to keep in touch, it was so much fun to have their company!  Huskisson is a beautiful little town and I loved every minute of my time there.

Back to earth now!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Time to Get Excited!


Today Judy Wise posted that she was 'Off' to Australia!  How exciting is that!  Next week Australian artists (including me) gather for a Judy Wise Cold Wax Workshop in Jervis Bay (south of Sydney, and my birthplace actually!)

It is time for me to get excited and I look forward to welcoming Judy to Australia!  And to painting with cold wax and delicious oils!  And rubbing shoulders with other artists and having a weekend away in a beautiful part of the world, devoted solely to art!  What's not to love?

Will report back soon on how our weekend went!