No matter how long I paint or create art, I will always feel I am a student of Art; the more I know the more I feel I don't know. I like it this way and know my passion and energy for art come from being dissatisfied and bored with creating something I've done before. This is probably why I am always seeking new ways and mediums to express myself. It's not that I've mastered anything, but rather, moving from one medium to the next informs all the others.
I recently had the opportunity to learn a new medium, cold wax and oils, with Lisa Pressman and twelve other awesome people. I only scratched the surface (literally and metaphorically speaking), but here are some pieces that evolved over the last week (most still in progress). One of the appeals of this medium for me, as opposed to encaustic and mixed media, is that it doesn't require heat and to my great surprise and relief can really be done with little solvent. Working on a larger scale is something I'd like to pursue; issues are space, mainly, but also the maneuverability and ventilation needs, drying time, size of tools (must be scaled up), etc. However, in the meantime, I am enjoying working on smaller sizes, working on oil paper, and just exploring the possibilities. I love the juicy and thick surface quality.