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16 warm-up paintings

16 warm-up paintings

I have mentioned previously that I like to do small warm up pieces using oil and cold wax before I tackle a larger painting.

I generally split a piece of Arches Huille paper from one of the pads they produce (approx 30 x 40 cm) into four and work from that. On this occasion I decided to take one of the large loose leaf sheets (56 x 76 cm) of Arches Huille and separate that into 16 with masking tape. I wanted to play a little longer but also see how the paintings would come out.

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I created a time-lapse video of the process so you can see where I started with this large blank sheet of paper and what I ended up with.

 

It really is a nice collection of small works. They work well together and I am reluctant to cut them up and separate them.

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They are quite different from each other but still sit well together because its the same palette, similar marks etc.

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16-warm-ups

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It was quite an exercise to do over a good half a day or so but definitely one I am going to try again, this time with a different colour palette and maybe different sized paintings... who knows?

16-warm-ups

2 comments

Aug 06, 2020

I have never been so excited about painting with cold wax and oils as seeing you paint and seeing you artwork. You are an inspiration! Do you have a book or a video out. I am an artist and have my own gallery in Loveland, CO. I have sent for all the materials I need to start this new process and can’t to begin. Thank you, Paula
Rene Hart

Rene Hart
May 13, 2020

Hi Paula, these are gorgeous and work really well together. I love the colour palette too. I’m interested to know if you left any time between layers to dry or whether it was more of an alla prima method?

Kate Crossley

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