In the Zone

It has been a long time since I painted with oil and cold wax. I’ve kept up with my daily acrylic painting in my visual journal and I have been steadfast in working on my Salvage Collages, but my oil paints and cold wax medium sat quietly on the shelves, waiting for my return. Deadlines are great motivators.

Guardino Gallery is hosting their 19th annual Little Things show and work is due this month. Earlier, I completed seven small abstract paintings, but I had hoped to have at least 12 for the show. Everything in the Little Things show needs to be 7×7 inches or smaller, so my pieces are all 5×5 inches, a fun size to paint and a size that keeps the price affordable.

Sunday turned out to be a quiet day and I had the house to myself, so I headed to my painting studio, quickly painted in my daily visual journal, then pulled out my gallon of cold wax and began choosing oil paint colors I wanted to work with. I lined up nine 5×5 boards; six of them had the beginnings of paintings and three I had deemed completed. All nine got a makeover. It felt great to work primarily in a limited palette of warm colors: pinks, magentas, reds, oranges . . . . with dabs, lines, and swaths of other colors to add contrast and variety.

“The Strange Dance of Movement Over Time,” oil and cold wax by Dayna J. Collins

“A Cloud of Tenderness,” oil and cold wax by Dayna J. Collins

“Secret Yearnings,” oil and cold wax by Dayna J. Collins

“The Memory of That Night,” oil and cold wax by Dayna J. Collins

“A Field of Feverish Energy,” oil and cold wax by Dayna J. Collins

“A Hot and Windless Summer Day,” oil and cold wax by Dayna J. Collins

“Words Have No Sound,” oil and cold wax by Dayna J. Collins

“Too Many Surprises,” oil and cold wax by Dayna J. Collins

“Hushed By the Wind,” oil and cold wax by Dayna J. Collins

These were three of the initial seven that made the cut:

“Whispered Words,” oil and cold wax by Dayna J. Collins

“State of Disorientation,” oil and cold wax by Dayna J. Collins

“The Pink Light of Dawn,” oil and cold wax by Dayna J. Collins

 

Little Things 19 opens Friday, November 29, 6-9 pm, at Guardino Gallery in Portland on NE 30th and Alberta.

 

 

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