Cold Wax Painting with Robert Procter
September 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm$70.00
In this workshop you will play with cold wax. This painting medium is very forgiving and allows for all sorts of mark making and collage using all sorts of materials. While cold wax can be used as a glaze over acrylic, charcoal, chalk pastel, and gauche, it was developed for use with oil and alkyd-based paints. We’ll use oil sticks and powdered pigments – which gives paint its color – and possibly oil pastels. You can apply it to boards, canvas, or paper. You’ll create at least one picture during the workshop. Materials will be provided. If you have collage elements you’d like to work with, bring them too. Keeping a “green” studio, and one that is safe, is important to me. Cold wax has virtually no odor. Oil sticks and oil pastels give off little to no odor. As for the powdered pigments, we’ll stay away from cadmiums and cobalt’s. Gloves and a product called barrier cream, which I use regularly, will be available if preferred. Old t-shirts and rags will replace paper towels. We’ll primarily use safflower and/or other oils, such as baby oil, to clean our tools. We may need to use a little Gamsol, made by Gamblin in Portland, a solvent, but one that’s not absorbed through the skin, and one that has all but 0.005% aromatics distilled out and really has no odor that I can detect.
For many years, my focus was on B&W photography. Limiting my palette to shades of grey helped me pay attention to composition. My shift to painting and drawing – and eventually printmaking – began in 1995 at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). Since then, I’ve studied Chinese calligraphy with the extraordinary artist Wang Gongyi; taken several printing workshops with master printer, Mark Mehaffey; had the good fortune to take several workshops with the amazing calligrapher and Dogen translator, Kaz Tanahashi; and participated in numerous workshops with the talented painter and printmaker, Jef Gunn.