Create a painting is not always a linear process from A to Z. Sometimes you go back to scratch the paint, carve in, tear away, start all over again or destroy to rebuild and complete the artwork. The painting which follows was not only made a dozen layers of cold wax medium and oil paint with embedded hand painted paper, copper leaves and cheese cloth, but was created from the partial destruction  of those layers.

"Juste avant minuit" (Just Before Midnight) Cold wax, oil, paper collage and acrylic paint on wood panel. 11×14 in (27,94 x 35,56 cm) March 2016 © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

“Juste avant minuit” (Just Before Midnight)
Cold wax, oil, paper collage and acrylic paint on Masonite wood panel. 11×14 in (27,94 x 35,56 cm)
March 2016
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

At some point, I no longer knew which direction to take with the painting to such an extent that I decided to let go and destroy it. Having nothing to lose, I thought that at least the destruction would allow me to observe the drying process of the deepest layers of cold wax…

The beginnings with a few layers of cold wax, oil paint and hand painted paper collage. March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

The beginnings with a few layers of cold wax, oil paint and hand painted paper collage.
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

More layers were added to the painting. March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

More layers were added to the painting.
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

With the addition of lighter colors. March 2016 © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

With the addition of lighter colors.
March 2016
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

This time, I added copper leaves. March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

This time, I added copper leaves.
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

At that point, I was not sure of the right step but decided to try cheese cloth. March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

At that point, I was not sure of the right step but decided to try cheese cloth.
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

But when I removed the cheese cloth, I discovered wonderful lines inlaid in the wax. Excited by this, I began to scratch some area of the painting up to the first layers until I rediscover a dark blue emphasizing the lighter tints. Some additions later, and the painting was completed. Now I only have to wait for it to dry completely, buff and frame it!

« Juste avant minuit »

Cold wax, oil paint, hand painted paper, copper leaves and acrylic on Masonite.
"Juste avant minuit" (Just Before Midnight) Cold wax, oil, paper collage and acrylic paint on wood panel. 11×14 in (27,94 x 35,56 cm) March 2016 © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

“Juste avant minuit” (Just Before Midnight)
Cold wax, oil, paper collage and acrylic paint on Masonite wood panel. 11×14 in (27,94 x 35,56 cm)
March 2016
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Closeups From The Finished Painting

Closeup from the mixed media painting: Juste avant minuit" (Just Before Midnight). We clearly see the lines and texture of the painting. March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Closeup from the mixed media painting: “Juste avant minuit” (Just Before Midnight).
We clearly see the lines and texture of the painting.
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Another closeup from the painting: "Juste avant minuit" (Just Before Midnight). Look at the contrast between the raised texture and the waxy area. March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Another closeup from the painting: “Juste avant minuit” (Just Before Midnight). Look at the contrast between the raised texture and the waxy area.
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

The last closeup from the painting: "Juste avant minuit" (Just Before Midnight). Even the deep blue area has its own texture and shades. March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

The last closeup from the painting: “Juste avant minuit” (Just Before Midnight).
Even the deep blue area has its own texture and shades.
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

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