042 – Pamela Caughey – Be Your Inner Child – PLAY – COLD WAX/Oil Video 👩🏻‍🎨😊

042 – Pamela Caughey – Be Your Inner Child – PLAY – COLD WAX/Oil Video 👩🏻‍🎨😊

– [Pamela] So this is
a really good exercise to do at any time, any size. I’ve got a four square sheet
of Arches oil paper here. And I’m going to do it
on this sheet of paper. But I’ve also done really large paintings that I started in only black and white. And in one case, I ended with color kind of
in the very final stages of that painting. So just keep in mind that it’s always good to mix things up and just to go back to, kind of going back to basics here where you’re working just
with black and white paint. Is a really good exercise
because what you’re going to try and do is create something that’s a very strong design. And you’re able to see
your values very clearly. So I have a couple of silicone tools here. I have my messermeister. I have, here’s like a little
bit of a ceramics tool. It has the teeth on it. And I just like to have
a few things available just depending on what I feel like doing and what develops in front of me. I got some erasers here. Erasers are good for subtracting paint. You can go right into the wet paint. I’ve got various drawing things here. I’ve got, this is a
Graphitkreide, an ArtGraf, that has a square top. And here is one of my favorites is this 8046 Stabilo is aquarellable. Gives a really nice dark line. A number two pencil. This is also a number two, but as you can see, it’s a lot thicker. Both of these, I think,
are used by kids a lot. But I really like this thicker tip. And got a conte. Just a conte pencil. It’s a pastel. And I think this one is the same. This one is a really nice juicy art crayon made by Marabu. M-A-R-A-B-U. And I will show you that one as well. You can kind of just roll it up and it has a tip that
extends out the bottom. So I will just leave that one handy. So how I get started with this. And actually all the paintings, because I really love marks. These are curlinear lines. But then of course you
can just do something more rectilinear. So feel free to take a
ruler and just make other kinds of marks that are not curvilinear. You can do anything that you want. This is play stage. And it’s the stage where
you really don’t want to be thinking too hard. What haven’t I done yet? I haven’t done a dashed line. And maybe this line then
just turns into something really curvilinear. Okay so that’s just a number two pencil. Here’s my Graphitkreide. And this has a thicker line, so let’s just see what that’s like. I’m using kind of the side of it here. And I just like the different type of thickness of the point. And again, here’s some
of that weighted line. Not thinking. You kind of treat this
whole thing like one. And then you might go really small. Like this. Just having fun. Pushing your creativity
to think about things that you haven’t done yet. You can do symbols. You can do letters. Like a big A. And let’s see, I’ll
switch over to this guy. I don’t know. This is like a square end to it, so I don’t know what I can do with that. Let’s see. Let’s just experiment with
all these different things that we have in our box. It’s kind of fun to see what might happen. That’s kind of a fun mark. Really push your tools that you have in a way that every time you use them, like try to think of a new way that you haven’t used them before. And then it just all goes
into that memory bank of what these tools can do. You can do a thick line. Can
do a thicker line like this. It’s kind of fun. Pastel is going to be super dark. See how dark that is? It’s kind of powdery. Don’t have anything that dark yet. Maybe I’ll go over this line and make that a little darker. Here’s a really dark Marabu art crayon. It’s very juicy. It’s got a very juicy tip. So I don’t have to press very hard. You can kind of see what it does. It’s a lovely black. So things can get kind of crazy. Then I like to take my graphite powder. I almost always use graphite powder. Little bit. I just use these little cotton, or they’re cosmetic puffs. Open the jar. And this is really the
only type of powder I use. And I don’t wear a mask with this one because I don’t think I have
to worry too much about this. Just kind of experimenting
with a very amorphous, cloudy shape. It’s treating all four of these windows as if they’re one. Just one big painting. Not paying any attention
to where the borders are. Okay, so I smeared that up really well. And usually I’ll then just
take some of my cold wax medium just kind of put it on top again. Not going to worry about if it smears. I’m not putting a lot of pressure on it. But it’s going to pick
up some of the graphite, some of the dry media. And it’s going to turn that
cold wax medium darker. But you can see, I put it on, and then take it off again. And it just locks in the dry media. Is what it’s doing. Making everything kind of
mid-tone, as you can see. It’s not a lot of white paper left. So again, I pretty much start
everything I do this way. It’s just a fun way to get started. And it’s a fun way to explore mark making, and see if you can just go
over a mark that’s different, with the same tools that you have. I’m always on the lookout
when I go to a thrift store to find something kind of unusual. That might make a mark in the surface. Okay. There is that. Okay. So then I’ll just save
this cold wax medium that’s gotten a little dark. And I’ll just put it right here, right back in the pallette. I can still use it. There’s nothing wrong with it. Set that aside. Now we’re going to go into the paint. And we’re just going to start adding some of the paints that we mixed up. Some are dark, some are light. Again, this exercise is
all about value and shape. We’re just going to see how
we can move things around. And I was already pretty mid-tone, but I’m just going to start
adding various places. Dip into different puddles. And I’m not mixing everything
incessantly together, I just kind of want things
to still have a little bit of their personality. So I might go into the light. And go into an area over here. Add some lights. And see how well those
lights really stand out compared to the darker values. So just have fun with this. Again, you’re still just playing. You’re trying to find
out what will happen. You’re trying to sort of keep an eye on what’s in front of you. What you respond to. What are the types of marks
that you are starting to like as you do this whole process. Go back in with a messermeister and just sort of move things around again. Now, when you put things on, again, you can take them off. So here it got kind of thick. But I can always take things off. And you know I can introduce
a pattern, for example. Why not, right? I can put it here really thin. And I can lift it. So it was kind of
underneath all that paint. Concealed. And I’m really smoothing that out. And then I could lift it again. Revealing all those marks underneath. And then I can do it again. I can conceal it again. I always think to myself, you know adding and subtracting, adding and subtracting like that. I kind of like using these bigger tools because there’s less control. And it allows you to just be freer longer. Without worrying about anything. So of course, these paints are going to start mixing and creating other values. But that’s fine. Draw back into it like this. It’s kind of fun. Can take the paint off and
put it back on your pallette. Use it later. So then some subtractive things. You can take other tools like this and just pull them through the paint. Make different marks. Maybe I’ll change sides for this one. You can always tear
newsprint and make a mask. Or you can lay it on a
really wet area like this. And just take a pencil and draw into it. This will be a subtractive thing. Just drawing on top of the newsprint. And it’s going through
that newsprint and lifting. It’s not going to transfer very well, so I’m not going to do that. But then you can go back into a line and make it a little darker. You can go back in with
your drawing media anytime. So I like to do that a lot. Some of these things get
covered up along the way. And it really shows up
because it’s very different than what’s already on there. Now I’ve got a lot of paint. It’s really wet. And it feels very different than a line.

Comments (29)

  1. I take it that the course isn't available yet? Will this be available to stream or download or ???

  2. HI Pamela thank you for this video.. does the oil paint have any wax and galkyd mixed with it? thanks Jackie

  3. Do you know if you can use the art crayon with encaustic? Can’t wait to start cold wax during the Australian summer.

  4. Thank you Pamela, I am Painting again This was a long time ago. Love your video’s . I am learning a lot. Thank you very much. marjolijn from Holland

  5. Are the paints straight from the tube, or were they mixed with cold wax before you began to paint? Thanks for this video ☺️

  6. Enjoyed your video Pam…

  7. Hi Pamela, So now I will be able to take your course ! So excited…

  8. Hi Pamela, nice work this one. What are the previus four rectangular shapes made of? Gesso or some other media? Regards from Brazil! Patrícia

  9. Love this way of loosening up, this scribble art is so popular these days… harks back to the expressionist whom I love and were always a huge influence in my work years ago. Looking forward to play again and will check out your live on the 14th. I always wonder about the stability of some of these paintings that are not framed under glass on paper. I saw some in a gallery the other day and the graphite still moved on the surface!. Thank you for sharing and have a great day.

  10. Love you video clips..looking forward to the on line course. Exploring lots of mark making great way to start opening.

  11. I would like to see the artwork full frame…and just do a cut away to the palette when that is relevant. Otherwise it looks pretty good. Always try to keep any shadows off it with the lighting. 🙂

  12. Thank you Pamela, your videos are very inspiring and encouraging! And your artworks are wonderfully vivid

  13. Thank you for your videos! I am purchasing items from ur resource page. Please, how much cold wax to Gamblin Galkyd Gel for a proper mix? I cannot find this anywhere! Thank you!

  14. Great demo! Loved this

  15. lovely work and so very helpfull, thank you

  16. Create Your BEST ART! ❤️🎉🍿🎈🥂🍾🐝

  17. Always fun with the open beginning being in a free floating style of dialogue with the free doodeling in space – it is the door to becoming aware

  18. The cold wax medium seems to have a dreamy quality – silky in a very soft way

  19. i love this idea of the 4-plex on a large sheet. do you usually add more to each piece after taking the tape off?

  20. Wonderful video, thank you so much!

  21. So much to learn from each one of your videos! Thank you.

  22. Hi Pam. I am really loving playing as the initial step in your painting. I find that it’s important to loosen up before going to have more fun with colours. I’ve been applying your techniques in painting and it’s so much enjoyable. I’m suffering from depression, so I’ve found your technique is very helpful as an art therapy for stress release. Thank you so much. Please keep uploading more videos. You really don’t know how much you’ll help others like me. Love from New Zealand.

  23. Pamela, for kids; Can you use the clear gesso instead of the wax? Then move forward from there?

  24. This is good to help loosen up, thank you, but mine just end up a mess! Please can you say curvy or straight lines rather than 'curvilinear/rectilinear' (I don't know how to spell these)?! Or do you have a good reason for not saying it simply? Thank you.

  25. Hi thanks for the video. If i use any chalk, pencil , pastel, how would you seal the markings so they wont smudge and thats archival so it will last forever. Would a clear gel medium work? or a pure layer of cold wax? Thanks

    27y abstract painter
    Vancouver BC

  26. Regarding the wearing of gloves. What is it you are protecting yourself from. Are you never tempted to go right in their with your hands? Would a barrier cream offer the same protection as the gloves. Yes paint gets on me but unless one is using heavy metals is there still a danger?

  27. Thank you, Pamela! I was recently introduced to your work and have enjoyed every video so much. I have never even heard of cold wax much less worked with it but excited to learn this new approach to oil painting. I do have a question about the gloves you wear…I have tried several kinds all of which are big and floppy at the finger tips. Have you found a brand that fits snug and is fairly thick?

  28. Hi pamela are your paints pre mixed with cold wax?

  29. Hi, pamela. I was just wondering what that tool you use that looks like a brush is called. Thanks and I enjoyed watching this. Always inspiring!

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