It is with more and more fun that I paint with cold wax and oil even if I am still struggling to adapt myself to the slower creative pace imposed by painting in multiple layers with these mediums.

I usually paint with fast drying mediums and techniques. To create a painting from A to Z it takes a few hours to a few days at the most. I let myself to be carried away by the inspiration of the moment.

"En changement permanent" (Constantly Changing) Cold wax, oil paint, copper leaves on birch wood panel. 10×8 in (20,32 x 25,4 cm). March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

“En changement permanent” (Constantly Changing)
Cold wax, oil paint, copper leaves on birch wood panel.
10×8 in (20,32 x 25,4 cm).
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Painting with cold wax and oil paint force me to adopt quite a different pace. Instead of creating by being supported by a single creative moment, I constantly have to reignite the flame, day after day for weeks, especially when I work on multiple layers requiring a minimum of drying time between each layer. I find that this creative process spread over several weeks opens more easily the door to doubts and excesses of the rational mind that the more intuitive and spontaneous approach I usually prefer in my paintings.

To relieve the frustration which I sometimes feel from having to wait between two layers when I feel inspired and to feel more balanced, I chose to alternatively paint with cold wax and acrylic ink or fast drying mediums. It’s somewhat as if in the morning I am training myself for a marathon, while during the afternoon I am doing sprint!

Closeup from the cold wax and oil painting: "En permanent changement" (Constantly Changing). On the right, the colors are muted by a layer of cold wax slightly tinted with blue. Mars 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Closeup from the cold wax and oil painting: “En permanent changement” (Constantly Changing).
On the right, the colors are muted by a layer of cold wax slightly tinted with blue.
Mars 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Closeup from the cold wax and oil painting: "En permanent changement" (Constantly Changing). March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Closeup from the cold wax and oil painting: “En permanent changement” (Constantly Changing).
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Closeup from the cold wax and oil painting: "En permanent changement" (Constantly Changing). To the right, the copper leaves show trough the layers of wax and paint. March 2016. © 2016, Louise Lamirande.

Closeup from the cold wax and oil painting: “En permanent changement” (Constantly Changing).
To the right, the copper leaves show trough the layers of wax and paint.
March 2016.
© 2016, Louise Lamirande.

The painting illustrating this blog post is entitled “En permanent changement” (Constantly Changing). It was painted on a birch wood panel with cold wax (Gamblin and homemade), oil paint from Mr. Graham and metallic copper leaves.

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