Category Archives: Cold wax and Oil

Play Big

This is a painting I did with cold wax and oil paint. For some reason the words “If life is a game Play Big” came up. It got me thinking about what play big means.

Scrivener - Play Big

Play Big is going to mean something different for everyone. The next step of your journey, something you are facing that is fearful, a big dream you want to take.

For me playing big means getting my art work and my music out there more.

It also means inspiring and helping other people to aspire to their dreams. That could come through teaching harp or art, decorating houses or coaching people to find their big.

When you do decide on what your big is it is amazing how stuff starts to show up and opportunities align with your “big”

So, where are you playing big right now?

If you are not playing big what is holding you back?

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If we decide that we are not a good fit, no harm done – we will both have learned something in the process.

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31 Days of Magenta

As you may know if you have been following along that I have been doing a different challenge every month of a painting a day.  In August I tackled a new medium of cold wax mixed with oil paint.  With this medium it is difficult to do a painting from beginning to end in a day in my preferred technique of adding layers.  You can only build up about three layers before you start making mud!  So I started working on several at once with the hopes of finishing one a day. As the month went on the paintings became more complex with the amount of layers built up. I learned a lot about this medium and started working on a few larger pieces along the way. Like any medium there are aspects that I love and ones that I hate!

Here are the results of the 31 days.



31 Days of “Shades of Magenta”

A new month – a new challenge! For the month of August I decided to explore the colour primary magenta. In addition to that I am working with a different medium and technique The medium is cold wax and oil paint, the substrate is MDF panel, and to add to the challenge I am not using any brushes! I am working in a non objective abstract style. The paintings are 5×5″ and are available for an introductory price of $50.00.

If you want to find out more about this medium you can check my earlier blog post to read more about it. If you are interested in a workshop do let me know.

Exploring Cold Wax and Oil

After -Adding strength to focal area

   Emerging Thoughts

12×12” Cold Oil and Wax


I love experimenting with new mediums. After working with encaustic I was excited to experiment with cold wax. The beauty of it is that you do not need to fuse the layers or vent the toxic fumes.  I love being able to create textures in it and build up layers. It is a medium that lends itself to my process. The two products I have tried are Dorlands and Gamblins. They are both great products, depending on how you like to work. The Gamblins is stiffer than Dorlands. I also experimented with making my own however was not happy with the results. Maybe I will give it another try one day!

Gamblin’s  explain “Cold Wax medium is made from naturally white, pure beeswax. Formulated to knife consistency, Cold Wax Medium makes oil colors thicker and more matte. Cold Wax Medium can be used to make Gamblin mediums and Gamvar more matte. It can also be applied alone as a matte varnish” If you want more info you can download a pdf here.

Rebecca Crowell is a cold wax and oil painter and you can get a great PDF she wrote with a lot of information from the Jacquard website.

You can also get a lot of information from the group site set up by Rebecca

As part of my

Art a la Carte Series

I will demonstrate oil and cold wax on Mar. 22.

Find more information on my workshop page.




30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 28

This is done with oil and cold wax. I added more layers and scratched back to previous layers to reveal some of the underlying colours. Lastly I strengthened the focal area.

After -Adding strength to focal area

Scrivener – Emerging Thoughts, 12 x 12″ Oil and Cold Wax on Cradled Panel $250.00

30 Paintings in 30 Days-Day 25

Layers built up make a rich surface.  This has several layers of oil and cold wax applied by scraping. It is helpful to know if your colours are opaque or transparent when doing this. You may not want your blue to turn into green when you scrape over the yellow! This method of colour mixing is referred to as optical. Rather than mixed on the pallet physically it is mixed optically by glazing with transparent colour.


Scrivener -Fall Colours, 12 x 12 on a Wood Stubstrate $250.00

30 Paintings in 30 Days-Day 24


existing or functioning as though broken into separate parts; disorganized; a fragmented personality; a fragmented society.

This painting feels fragmented to me, perhaps because it is highly textured.  It was a poor composition to start with having a big circle created with texture. Again it went through the transitions with building up layers and scratching back into the former layers. I used the circle as the focal point and ran the red from top to bottom in hopes that you would see more than the large circle.

My day was fragmented too – feeling that way probably has a lot to do with the outcome of the painting!

Tomorrow is a new day -a fresh start!


Scrivener -Fragmented, 10×10″ Oil and Cold Wax on Cradled Panel. $175.00

30 Paintings in 30 Days -Day 23

Under the Surface:

The interesting thing about building up layers and scratching back into the subsequent layers is the discovery of what is underneath. The same holds true about humans -the older we get the more layers we have built up. Layers of experience, wisdom, stories, hardship etc.

I find in today’s society more than ever people live on the surface, few people seem really interested in scratching below the first layer or two to get to know someone.  I think we are missing out on a lot by not having deeper meaningful conversations. I have always detested cocktail talk and discover along time ago that I was not made of the right stuff to be a  high society type of wife hanging out, looking chic and making small talk.

Is social media to blame, our busy lives – not having time, being self centered, mixed up priorities, has it become all about me, stuff and money? Well I don’t have the answers just the questions!

I do think is that we are missing the boat and it is time to come out of our cocoons and make a concerted effort to get to know someone, to take a real genuine interest in them.  One thing I can guarantee you- it will enrich your life. I challenge you to dig below the surface, to start a genuine meaningful conversation with someone. You might be surprised about what you learn.

10x10" Mixed media on canvas panel ready to frame $150.00

Scrivener-Under the Surface ,10×10″ Mixed media on canvas panel ready to frame $150.00

30 Paintings in 30 Days-Day 22

Today’s before painting was along the lines of yesterdays so I continued on with the same theme. Again the feeling of buildings showed up. This time with two people. When painting intuitively you never know what is going to happen to a painting or where the imagery comes from. You have to stay open to the possibilities and be willing to let go.  It is also about listening and having a dialogue with the paintings. For this reason I find I work best in total silence or with tranquil background music.

Scivener -Duo -12 x 12"

Scrivener- Duo -12×12″ Mixed Media on a Cradled Panel.






30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 21

Keeping Up

Keeping up with the challenge is a challenge, especially when you want to do other things. Yesterday I went to Vancouver for the day to attend the Interior Design Show. Vancouver isn’t far away but I live on Vancouver Island and so that requires a 2 hour ferry ride to get across and then a 45 minute bus ride to the downtown core.  I enjoyed seeing all the new things and the young and upcoming designers and their innovations.

I didn’t have much energy left to paint when I got home and my feet where sore!  You can tell I was influenced by all the high rises!







Scrivener- Solo, 12×12″ Mixed Media on Panel