First, a few housekeeping notes and a little bit of random.
One, ten paintings to go! Whoa.
Two, a reminder that today’s painting will the last for a couple of weeks. I’m taking a vacation! I’m planning to send out a note or two while I’m away, because I think I’ll miss you too much otherwise, and we’ll return to the normal painting schedule on Monday, December 23.
Three, something exciting is happening in the Spring. In between working on the huge installation I’m creating forTEDxCUPortland, I’ll also be making magic happen with a new event! The team that creates WDS is embarking on a new trail! It’s called Pioneer Nation, and it’s going to be awesome. Read about it here. I’d love to see you there!
And now– the painting!
Pigment is one of the most interesting things about creating art to me. The chemistry involved in creating color is fascinating. And the way different colors interact with one another is mesmerizing. One of my students was experimenting with watercolor yesterday and kept getting frustrated by the way the yellow crept into other colors.
Once I explained the differences in weights of the pigments, she totally got it and started having fun. So when I went out to paint later, I decided to try the same experiments in wax.
With several layers, some of the pigments sink into the wax just like ink does. The trick is timing. The wax has to be just hot enough, but if you leave the flame on too long, the pigments sink in to the wax and become dull.
I learned that if I see the colors begin to move, then I have to remove the torch immediately– otherwise it gets too hot and begins to sink. It required a bit of patience before I got it right, but once I figured it out, I had just as much fun as my student did with her watercolor.