Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Birds On A Fence, 12x12 Mixed Media

This is another for my show at Nest in Dedham, for the month of September.  I painted on the Cape last week for a few days, and on our way home, Sally Dean and I attended a talk on mixed media by artist Mary Moquin, who is one of my favorites.  She is doing oil and cold wax medium work, and I was completely inspired.  So I picked up some cold wax and mixed it with my oil paint in this.  It makes the paint thicker and 'waxy', and leaves it a little translucent. Still fiddling around and working it out, but I was happy with how this came out.
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12 comments:

  1. Oh, Kelley, I love this! So contemporary, and fresh! What an interesting idea, wax, and oil paint. I'd love to know more about how it all works.

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  2. I love this! The composition, subject, colors - everything!

    Adding wax to your paints, is this the same thing as encaustic painting? Sounds like it was really fun to try something new! I'll have to look at Mary Moquin's work.

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  3. I just checked out Mary's website and I understand why she is a favorite. I love the simplicity of her shapes. I have bookmarked her site for inspiration. Her paintings are amazing!

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  4. Kelley I LOVE this! One of my favorites! Funny I just sketched out a little chickadee to paint who hangs around! Birds are in the air! Ha!

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  5. Kelley- Love this- very cool texture and love the fresh feel to it. I enlarged it to check out the wax and oil and it looks really pretty. Love the translucency. What a perfect piece for the "Nest" show- sweet birds on a fence. Smart and creative:)

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  6. Kelley, I am also a fan of this new technique of yours, you chose the perfect image to use it on! A great painting.

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  7. I love cold wax! It makes the paint feel just luscious. Unfortunately, I've mixed a little too much of it with paint at times and even when it's fully dry, it can flake off pretty easily. But the visual texture it leaves is Oooohh La La!

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  8. Nice Kelley..Love this and good luck at NEST...I can also see why you like Mary's work..It is beautiful and your work ..your sunsets have a similar quality.

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  9. Charming painting Kelley and good for you to experiment with new ways to use oil paint, always learning that is so invigorating right! Would love to have attended Mary's presentation lucky you and Sally.

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  10. LOVE this one! The simplicity, composition, colors.

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  11. What a fabulous painting! I just love the composition, so contemporary! And as always I love your signature. I've never heard of mixing cold wax medium into oil, very interesting.

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  12. Splendid and moody piece, Kelley! And yes! The comments, some in Afrikaans, are still coming in for your jelly donuts
    piece and my Fb Profile page!

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