.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}
   Welcome to my blog! I'll be posting thoughts about art, photos, happenings, and other things that strike me--and hopefully my readers--as interesting. And please visit my website by clicking the link to the right--thanks!

   Also please check out my second blog, The Painting Archives to see older (pre-2004) paintings for sale.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012
  mixed media


The descriptive term I most often use in labeling my paintings is "oil and mixed media" and I am sometimes asked what this means. I choose this phrase because I use a variety of materials besides straight oil paint...to those familiar with my work, the most obvious of these is cold wax medium, a thick, room temperature beeswax paste that adds body, increases drying time and enhances the brilliance of the oils. But there are other materials that I rely upon, including:

Dry pigment, graphite, and charcoal: these powders add texture, color and body when mixed into the wax and oil on my palette. I also apply them directly to the surface of the work when it is semi-dry to the touch, or mix them with solvent and apply with a brush for gestural marks.

Various solvents: selectively applied, I use these to make textures and marks, or to wash out entire areas to expose underlying layers.

Drawing materials including graphite, wax pencil and chalk pastel: I use these for mark-making on the surface when it is in a receptive state, either semi dry or fully dry.



Powdered marble: this substance is colorless when mixed into paint and wax, and adds body--a light, almost fluffy quality, making the paint easy to spread with a palette knife.

Metallic leaf: I use this very sparingly and with subtlety in some paintings.

Sand: again I am quite selective and sparing with this material since it can be a bit intrusive in a subtle painting. It can also easily clog up painting tools like brayers and brushes. But in small doses it creates a beautiful textural layer.

Painting with cold wax medium and oils is a process that lends itself naturally to experimentation, and anything that will not conflict with the basic chemistry of the wax can be incorporated into the work (for example, dried leaves, bits of paper or cloth, plaster...)I love this aspect of cold wax painting--that the medium is so compatible with various other materials.

But however spontaneous and experimental I may be, the decisions about which materials end up in the work are carefully considered. Along with everything else--from the scale of my paintings to the decision to add or take away a panel in a multiple panel work--I am looking for what will make meaningful contributions to the work. In the case of mixed media, I gravitate towards substances that interact with the paint and wax to form complex textures, contribute to the richness of layers, or provide visually striking contrasts.
 
Comments:
I find this information to be fascinating. And I am simply inspired by this list of materials - just as I am so inspired by your work.
 
Thank you Seth! always nice to hear from you.
 
It's been my great pleasure to visit your website to appreciate your paintings. Thank you so much for introducing your painting materials. They seem to be more popular among westerners and it's interesting to see the difference between those in Japan.
 
thank you Miki...I am interested to know some of the differences?
 
Modern Japanese painters also try various kind of materials include what you mentioned, but I see the results come out with different touches and textures which shows more moist. I'm not quite sure if it comes from the different combination of the materials, the motifs or Japanese environment with high humidity in general.
 
Miki, the materials I use, especially the cold wax medium, create a matte surface (not moist in appearance.) Usually there is a glossier, wet look with other kinds of oil mediums and acrylic paints. So maybe that is what you are describing. Or a style preference in Japan for a glossy surface. That is often true here as well.
 
Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link



<< Home

       www.rebeccacrowell.com




     September 2005 /      October 2005 /      November 2005 /      December 2005 /      January 2006 /      February 2006 /      March 2006 /      April 2006 /      May 2006 /      June 2006 /      July 2006 /      August 2006 /      September 2006 /      October 2006 /      November 2006 /      December 2006 /      January 2007 /      February 2007 /      March 2007 /      April 2007 /      May 2007 /      June 2007 /      July 2007 /      August 2007 /      September 2007 /      October 2007 /      November 2007 /      December 2007 /      January 2008 /      February 2008 /      March 2008 /      April 2008 /      May 2008 /      June 2008 /      July 2008 /      August 2008 /      September 2008 /      October 2008 /      November 2008 /      December 2008 /      January 2009 /      February 2009 /      March 2009 /      April 2009 /      May 2009 /      June 2009 /      July 2009 /      August 2009 /      September 2009 /      October 2009 /      November 2009 /      December 2009 /      January 2010 /      February 2010 /      March 2010 /      April 2010 /      May 2010 /      June 2010 /      July 2010 /      August 2010 /      September 2010 /      October 2010 /      November 2010 /      December 2010 /      January 2011 /      February 2011 /      March 2011 /      April 2011 /      May 2011 /      June 2011 /      July 2011 /      August 2011 /      September 2011 /      October 2011 /      November 2011 /      December 2011 /      January 2012 /      February 2012 /      March 2012 /      April 2012 /      May 2012 /      June 2012 /      July 2012 /      August 2012 /      September 2012 /      October 2012 /      November 2012 /      December 2012 /      January 2013 /      February 2013 /      March 2013 /      April 2013 /      May 2013 /      June 2013 /      July 2013 /      August 2013 /      September 2013 /      October 2013 /      November 2013 /      December 2013 /      January 2014 /      February 2014 /      March 2014 /      April 2014 /      May 2014 /      June 2014 /      July 2014 /

       Rebecca Crowell
       The Painting Archives
       Darnell Fine Art
       Gallery 133
       Nancy Green blog
       Lynette Haggard blog
       Deb LeAir website
       Cheryl Lins website
       Jim Mott website
       David Crowell website
       Diane McGregor blog
       Nicholas Wilton blog
       Cheryl McClure blog
       Karen Jacobs blog
       Margaret Ryall's blog
       Marilyn Fenn's blog
       Pam Farrell's blog
       Jen Bradford's blog
       Kate Beck's blog
       Michael Kessler's blog
       Nina Meledandri's blog
       Bob Martin blog
       Tim McFarlane blog
       Lisa Call blog
       Martha Marshall blog
       Robin Ann Walker blog
       Tracy Helgeson blog
       Kesha Bruce blog
       Leya Evelyn blog
       Catherine Carter blog
       Jane Herrick website
       Maco's art blog
       Lisa Pressman's blog
       Daniel Sroka blog