Oil and Cold Wax Painting - A painter's perspective

I have been painting with cold wax for several years now and in this art blog post, I offer advice on techniques and discuss how I use multiple layers of cold wax on card, tissue paper and various textured surfaces. I often work on 2 or more cold wax oil paintings, side by side, trying to balance the conflicting demands of perspective and compositional tension whilst retaining the integrity of the picture plane.

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Of course, this is an impossible and unrealistic task, but occasionally, I catch a glimpse of a resolution ……. that’s the game we play.


Cold Wax Painting: Avoiding Self-Delusion

Cold Wax Painting: Meaning Behind The Materials

Cold Wax Painting: Building Texture

Cold Wax Painting: Making Judgements

Cold Wax Painting: Finished Art Piece


Cold Wax Painting: Avoiding Self-Delusion

Additional layers of cold wax, deep black tones to build contrast and depth. More removal and reinstatement, travelling slowly in a direction I may yet be comfortable with. I am endlessly surprised by my sheer lack of insight into my own work, it takes a day or two of doing nothing before I can actually see clearly and understand what I have done and need to do.

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Image 60 x 60 cm Oil and Wax on Canvas
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If I continue working without a significant pause for a period of assimilation and reflection (preferably a few days or maybe even a week) I become delusional.

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I can persuade myself that bad work is good, that a hackneyed composition is dynamic, fresh and original, that the colour relationships are sufficiently challenging yet harmonious, the misinterpretation and misreading go on and on.






Cold Wax Painting: Meaning behind the materials

This is an oil painting on a cradled wooden board using a cold wax medium.

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Image 'Excavation' Oil Wax on Canvas 60 x 60 cm

The cold wax process favours rapid execution and energetic marks or gestures, encouraging the creation of layers of translucent colour, texture and impasto.

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Perspective is deliberately ambiguous and suggested only by changes in scale and the intensity of colour values. This painting is influenced by abstract expressionism and the

deliberate flattening and simplification of forms.

This theme is a continuing exploration of landscape and nature, specifically the flat landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fenlands, but in reality, all land. I have used the title 'Excavation' because I am interested in the history of the land, the accretion of time and changes wrought by man, the taming of nature, the exercise of control and the imposition of order. The division and subdivision, public and private, ownership and stewardship. But more than anything else, the land is an endowment, a gift from one generation to the next.

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Cold Wax Painting: Building Texture

Building the impasto with palette knives, pieces of card, direct from the tube, the paint begins to take on a life of its own.

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This is an oil wax and acrylic painting artwork by Peter Corr contemporary UK based artist Art PeterCorrart close-up of artwork textured, large, colourful, vibrant, compelling, inspiring, valuable, investment piece, artwork for sale available art fair blue gold yellow orange trees tree  forest forestry original painting painter contemporary art blog contemporary art blog, what painting should I buy? contemporary landscape artist online. buy abstract art online, original oil paintings for sale uk, artist, art, painting, buy artwork online, original painting, modern art, uk based artist, ely painter, artwork, This is an oil painting on a cradled wooden board using a cold wax medium.
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The close up images show the multiple layers of cold wax on card, tissue paper and various textured surfaces.











Cold Wax Painting: Making Judgements

This is an oil wax and acrylic painting artwork by Peter Corr contemporary UK based artist Art PeterCorrart close-up of artwork textured, large, colourful, vibrant, compelling, inspiring, valuable, investment piece, artwork for sale available art fair blue gold yellow orange trees tree  forest forestry original painting painter contemporary art blog contemporary art blog, what painting should I buy? contemporary landscape artist online. buy abstract art online, original oil paintings for sale uk, artist, art, painting, buy artwork online, original painting, modern art, uk based artist, ely painter, artwork, This is an oil painting on a cradled wooden board using a cold wax medium.
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As each successive layer of cold wax dries, additional marks and surfaces accumulate. An assortment of palette knives and tools are deployed, layering and scraping back where a colour or tone is too dominant. I didn’t know paint could be claustrophobic, but it can be intensely suffocating and airless, sucking out the very life we try to capture.

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Knowing when a painting has arrived at a destination is never simple, all artists know this, it's a difficult judgement to make and we are invariably mistaken time after time. So many factors come into play, tension, harmony, contrast, compositional structure, this is especially true of work that is primarily abstract and doesn't conform to a particular code of realism. It is the elusive issue of ‘rightness’; knowledge, experience and technique will only take you so far, then you're on your own.

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This is an oil wax and acrylic painting artwork by Peter Corr contemporary UK based artist Art PeterCorrart close-up of artwork textured, large, colourful, vibrant, compelling, inspiring, valuable, investment piece, artwork for sale available art fair blue gold yellow orange trees tree  forest forestry original painting painter contemporary art blog contemporary art blog, what painting should I buy? contemporary landscape artist online. buy abstract art online, original oil paintings for sale uk, artist, art, painting, buy artwork online, original painting, modern art, uk based artist, ely painter, artwork, This is an oil painting on a cradled wooden board using a cold wax medium.
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Cold Wax Painting: 'Soundstage' Completed Work

This is an oil painting on a deep edge canvas using a cold wax medium. The cold wax process favours rapid execution and energetic marks or gestures, encouraging the creation of layers of translucent colour, texture and impasto. There is an acid quality to the colour, lemon yellows clash with complementary violets and turquoise blues. The vertical 'dragging' of paint hints at a rain-soaked landscape with the mechanical division of fields and a patchwork quilt of crop rotation. Diminishing scale suggests depth and perspective and a road/river dog-legs to the left, reflecting a watery sun. All the while, the land rises and falls as the underlying peat loses its structural integrity and collapses in on itself.

This is an oil wax and acrylic painting artwork by Peter Corr contemporary UK based artist Art PeterCorrart close-up of artwork textured, large, colourful, vibrant, compelling, inspiring, valuable, investment piece, artwork for sale available art fair blue gold yellow orange trees tree  forest forestry original painting painter contemporary art blog contemporary art blog, what painting should I buy? contemporary landscape artist online. buy abstract art online, original oil paintings for sale uk, artist, art, painting, buy artwork online, original painting, modern art, uk based artist, ely painter, artwork, This is an oil painting on a cradled wooden board using a cold wax medium.
Full image 'Sound Stage' Oil on Canvas 95 x 64 x 2 cm













 

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