The Reeds – Oil & Cold Wax

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I had been wanting to try out oil and cold wax painting for a while now.  I just didn’t want to buy more art supplies that I wasn’t sure I would ever use again.  Plus, I already have so many things I want to try and will probably never get around to all of it.

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I kept seeing oil and cold wax paintings on Pinterest and You Tube and couldn’t stand it anymore.  I went out and bought the smallest bottle of cold wax medium I could find along with some inexpensive oil paints.  I already had some wood panels for a substrate and a catalyst tool for spreading the paint.

I mixed a few colors of oil paint 50/50 with cold wax medium and spread it around the panel with the catalyst tool.  I used the side of the tool to make marks in the paint.  Starting at the bottom of the panel, I lightly slid the tool up creating random marks.  The mark sizes varied depending on how much pressure I applied and the angle that I held the tool.

I really loved the way the paint was breaking up inside the lines.  It made me think of reeds in a wetland or swamp.  I just decided to leave it as it was.  It only took me about 10 minutes or less to paint this.

I need to try a few more paintings to decide if I want to invest in better oil paints and more cold wax.  I will say that I was not very patient with the time it took to dry.  I’m so used to painting with acrylic or water based mediums.  From what I understand, oil paintings dry faster with the cold wax medium.  I can’t imagine waiting for a painting to dry with just oil paint and no cold wax medium.





Here are the other abstracts that I mentioned in my previous post.  It’s a set of two paintings that I have name Obscured.  These are larger than most of my paintings at 20 by 20 inches.  They are on a gallery wrapped canvas that has 1 1/2 inch deep sides that are painted black.  I used mainly acrylic paints and charcoal pencil.  I had a lot fun making scribbles with the charcoal pencil and then somewhat obscuring the marks with paint.


Happy Friday!


Find What Sparks a Light in You


This painting was created based off a lesson in the Layers of Light course I am taking given by Laly Mille.   I love her teaching style and her beautiful light filled art.  If you haven’t taken her class, I would strongly recommend it.  The price is very good and you get so much out of even just one lesson.  She gives six lessons in the course.  So far I have completed two.  Here is the first painting I created from one of the lessons.

I added a few quotes to this painting.  One of them was by Oprah that reads – You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.   The inspiration I received from Lally’s lessons definitely sparked a light in me and I hope to create many more light filled paintings.

The flowers at the bottom were created with alcohol inks dropped onto the canvas.  I have never cared for alcohol inks much and very seldom use them.  Laly really likes using them so I thought I would give them another try.  Once I got the first few drops down, I rather liked the way it looked.  You can tell I got a little carried away but it was fun!

I hope you all have found or will soon find what sparks a light in you!



Cake Art from Turkey

Imagine my surprise when I found the following email in my inbox yesterday:

My name is Ece Seval and I live in Turkey. I have a bachelor degree in Product Design but I have decided to follow my dreams of being a cake master chef and now I am designing cakes! You are wondering why I am telling you these but I would like to design cakes from paintings those inspired me. Especially the abstract ones! With this idea, i’ve just glanced at pinterest to find some abstract art pieces. Than boom! I’ve just crushed on your ‘Cotton Candy’ painting:) Amazing colors! I am sending a picture of my cake, that I got inspired from your painting.

Here is Ece’s amazing cake…cake

and here is my painting that inspired her cake.


She did such an incredible job of recreating the paint colors in the cake icing and I love that chocolate ring around it!

If you want to see more of Ece’s cake art, you can find her on Instagram here:



Abstract on Paper


I recently completed a couple of abstract paintings but only have a picture of one of them to post for now.  I somehow managed to mess up the settings on my camera and haven’t taken the time to figure out how to fix it.


I do love painting on paper and then mounting it to a wood panel.  This began as a piece of mixed media paper I used to add leftover paint to while working on another project.  I have a number of papers like this just waiting to be finished.  If I only had more time for art!

Have a great weekend!




One of my mixed media paintings, “Autumn Haze”, has been published in the Autumn 2016 edition of Somerset Apprentice magazine.  I can’t begin to tell you how happy I was when I received a complimentary copy in the mail!  I absolutely love the Somerset magazines and was over the moon to have a piece of my art published in the Apprentice magazine.



The magazine will be available on September 1st and it is full of wonderful, inspiring art that has step by step instructions showing each artist’s techniques.

Happy Friday!