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Dear Friends of the Arts,

On Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Diane Brown will give a Zoom Oil/Cold Wax Painting Demo and you are invited to paint along with her, if you wish. A supply list is attached.
If you would like to participate, please RSVP to by noon on Sunday, January 10, 2021.  
I will confirm with you on the day before the demo, Tuesday, January 12,  and give you the information you will need to join the zoom meeting.  
Diane Brown is an award-winning mixed media artist, specializing in Oil & Cold Wax. She exhibits in the New England area, Oregon and in NYC.
She is an Elected Artist at the Mystic Museum of Art, an Artist Member of The Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, a member of Maple and Main Gallery, the New Haven Paint & Clay Club, The Newport Museum of Art and the Art League of New Britain, South County Art Association, The Allied Artists of America, an Associate Member of the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Center, Essex Art Association, The Salmagundi Club and Lyme Art Association.  
She has been commissioned by The Rose Project in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as at Eastern Connecticut State University.  She has produced commissions for individual residences in Georgia, Florida, and Connecticut.

Artist Statement
My work is small, medium, and large, contemporary, oil and cold wax abstract paintings on both paper and panels, framed and unframed. My love of bold colors is evident in all my work and my results are abstract compositions of various marks, lines, shapes, and forms. I love the oil and cold wax experience because outcomes can be surprising, but never dull.

What is Cold Wax?
Cold wax is soft wax made from mixing beeswax, mineral spirits and resin and it’s been used for thousands of years. Cold wax is ideal for the creation of layers. It needs no heat, as encaustic does, and when mixed with oil paint it becomes a soft, frothy substance, similar to the frosting on a cake. Cold wax helps to extend the paint film, shortens drying time, and allows the artist to create layers.

Painting with oils and cold wax can be done on heavy paper as well as rigid wood panels. Gesso is needed on wood panels but not when using heavy paper. I suggest using 140 lb. Arches Oil Paper and then advancing to 300 lb. watercolor paper as your work progresses.

I use a variety of tools, many of which are found in my kitchen, to make marks and to add textures. I use solvents, specifically Citra Solv to remove top layers from my painting and to reveal the bottom layers. No two paintings look the same. Each painting tells its own story.

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