Cold Wax

Experimenting with new materials expands the possibilities. I have been wanting to try cold wax for awhile now so I bought a jar of it from DickBlick. No way was I going for the hot wax, sounds much too messy. First, I worked the cold wax into oil pigments layering my painting. This method was different from the transparent medium I have been using. The transparent medium is more fluid and doesn't add texture.  I also just waxed over a dried oil painting as a varnish. Both methods have their merits. For me, I found using the cold wax as a varnish to finish an oil painting is my choice. If you are using the wax as a varnish, the painting must be dry to the touch. Spread the wax evenly over the entire surface. I use a soft paper towel to spread it around in a circular fashion. After the layer of wax dries, which surprisingly only takes a few days, I buffed the surface with a soft cloth. This buffing really deepened the colors and made a rich overall even finish to the painting.



While waiting for one thing, I must be busy doing something else. Not sure what I am waiting for at the moment other that motivation. I started another painting yesterday and got it to a point where I felt good about the under-painting. At that point I needed to stop for the day. Now I am procrastinating on getting back into the painting. Perhaps I am just a bit afraid I will ruin the good start. Well, when I feel that way I have learned that I just need to take a chance. Be bold and the painting is better for it. If I hesitate with trepidation the painting ends up looking timid and weak. The look of spontaneity is gone. So far in the past few weeks I began 3 different paintings for my fall series. Just one of those worked out. Another one I abandoned completely and the third I started over with a clean idea.

In the mean time I dump it on a blog for all to read. Bravely, I am including in this blog one of the paintings that worked and a few previous paintings on the same theme.

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What I have Learned from Gardening

Over the years of having a ‘yard’, I have resisted the desire to garden. Most of our property has been large areas of wild natural vegetation. I spent many a day wondering the forests and bush discovering the beauty in all species of plants and animals. Nature can be overwhelming and there is no taming it. However, I did find that I could control small plots and large pots close to the house. In these I would sow wild flowers suited to our zone. With a few successes, the next year I would plant more of the same. This has gone on for about the last six years. Last year in particular, I have gotten pulled into wanting more color around. Then, this growing season I find myself spending more time nurturing that color. Now I realize how I have actually learned what it takes to see results.

Mostly you need planning, patience, persistence, and stamina. You must see the parallel here already to creating a work of art. Still not an avid gardener by any means, gardening does jump start my day.…

Paris Gibson Square's 22nd Annual Art Auction

For several years in a row my work has been accepted into The Square's Art Auctions. This year is no exception, I am happy to announce. Three of my pieces will be auctioned off as full donations at the museum starting Saturday, September 14, 2019. More information on the fundraiser can be had at their web site, 
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art
1400 First Avenue North
Great Falls, MT 59401

Each painting tells a story and each viewer interprets that story differently. Most of all, I want each viewer to come away with an emotional impression from my works. Of course, I try very hard for those impressions to be joyful, as the joy I put into creating. Art does indeed reflect it's creator and that creator's state of mind in creating. Along with joy I feel a calm and sort of peace when focused in the painting process. That calm comes from the scenes I am depicting. My hope is that emanates from my work as well.

Taking a Break

Lately our landscaping has taken most of my time. Not that I am complaining, mind you. Really it is a sorry excuse. I am on a sabbatical from retirement. So far, my attempts at outdoor sculpting has been a 'FUBAR'. The gardening is just about the same. Try growing anything in this soil which is all rock. Rock is what we have a lot of, best to utilize it for rock gardens. The best bit is that they do not blow away in the relentless high winds coming off the mountains. I have turned to my old friend, photography for my creative musings.

Here I am delving into photos I have taken in the past and having a blast. We have a large box of 35mm slides that I found with some good ones to scan and play around with. These creations may be on the surreal side, but what the heck.

Art Museums

What is your favorite art museum? If you can't go there in person to spend hours absorbing the magnificent artworks, go to their website. Chances are it will put a lift in your day browsing collections and discovering masterpieces. My favorite is The Art Institute of Chicago. My mother would take us on visits first making a bee line to the Impressionists. These were some of many pieces to fall in love with.

To stand in front of a master piece just takes my breath away. Words can not describe how I feel. One piece at the Institute has been etched into my brain is,
Paris Street; Rainy Day 1877 Gustave Caillebotte
(French, 1848-1894)

Click on the museum's link to read about it's restoration, history, provenance, etc.

Montana Wild

These 2 paintings will be on display at Montana WILD Outdoor Education Center, Helena, MT. to June 1st. Their website is
It is a wonderful center with displays on the wildlife and fish of Montana. They are also a rehab center for injured birds and wildlife that they reintroduce back into the wild.

If interested in purchasing one of these paintings please contact me via email;