Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Mecca of Becca

"Waters Majesty" by DJ oil & cold wax on cradled wood panels

"Earth Moss" by DJ oil & cold wax on cradled wood panels
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"Crystal Links" by DJ oil & cold wax on cradled masonite

The weekend of June 18th thru the 20th, I attended an Oil & Cold Wax Workshop with Rebecca Crowell at the West Main Artist's Co-Op in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
What a fantastic experience it was for all involved.
Rebecca is a kind, gracious person who freely shares her techniques with her students. For three days, twelve artists of various backgrounds worked through layers and mixed colors and texturized panels.
Some participants shared previous artworks at lunch together and we exchanged tips in the studio as we worked on our panels to achieve the results we desired. We were all given the same information and watched the same demonstrations by Rebecca, yet each of us created unique artwork that reflects our personalities and styles.

Rebecca has a Ning Group for Cold Wax Painters to discuss experiments and possiblities. She also has a website where you can purchase her beautiful abstracts.

If you ever have the chance to participate in one of her workshops, please do so. You won't regret it. Although I may regret Rebecca seeing the title to this post! :-)
(Rebecca, you know I love you! I just couldn't resist...Thank you for everything. )

Love & Laughter,

"Winter's Coming" by DJ oil & cold wax on cradled wood panels


~Babs said...

Oh! Rebecca Crowell!
I often visit her blog.Love her work, and I'm excited you were able to attend her workshop, DJ.
Great to enlarge your works here & see all the detail and texture,,,,just super!

Rachmeal said...

This work is exciting. I like what I am seeing. You are exploring and having fun. That's great!


Usha said...

These are gorgeous! Rebecca crowell's works are just amazing! I am so glad you are able to attend her work shop.
It shows in your paintings already!

joanne said...

Hi DJ,

The textures and colors are wonderful! I especially like the multiple panels.

AND, I have a new artist to check out, thanks :)

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

So cool! I love your water creations DJ. I get so inspired by other artists like yourself, who make me want to try something new. Now to get brave and just do it is the biggest step for me. Someday I've just got to take some workshops like you did here.

indigomar said...

I really like "Winter's Coming" (although winter's not something I like to think of right now !)
The encaustic process is so intriquing and the end results are equally so. Only having played with it once, I have an inkling of how enjoyable your experience was. said...

These are really cool DJ! Love the texture it creates.

sara's art house said...

Wow - these are great!


alot of color's
alot of empress
goooood pic

Mary said...

wow, wow, wow!!!
DJ, these are fabulous!!!!

WildCherry said...

Woweeee! These are gorgeous Deej! I'm just writing a blogpost about why its so important to do courses and you are living proof! I can see this is just what you needed! I'd love to know more about the process...

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Hi DJ - I am so honoured every time I read your posts to know you take the time not only to take a peak at what I create but also make a very encouraging comment. This current post based on your Rebecca Crowell workshop is very inspiring for developing abstract work. My what a teacher you must be, which leads me to also comment on your graduate post - I agree so much does depend on our parents yet lots of children strive from within to create a new life for themselves without that encouragement. So often it is the luck of the draw as to which teacher they get who inspires them.

lesly said...

DJ ... these are lovely, - the technique obviously suits your artistic eye.

Have yet to find my own way forward with abstraction. One day perhaps .. or perhaps its better to keep working at what I do best!

I have been a fan of Rebecca Crowell for a long time ... it sounds like a terrific workshop!

violette said...

Oh my goodness DJ.....i am so loving these textured cradle boards. How lovely that you were able to take the class - after such a long school year - you deserve it.

Thanks for all of the kind support and love - what you said about my sis is too cute!

Love ya,

Odd Chick said...

These are scrumptious. I can't even begin to understand what you did- but I love it!!

Janet said...

Wow! These are all beautiful! I have never worked with wax but it sounds exciting and your results are excellent.

bicocacolors said...

i love rebecca crowell!
thanks for sharing
elena from spain

Manon Doyle said...

Wow!! These are terrific works, DJ!! What a fantastic workshop!! Believe it or not i have two walls in my house done in an encaustic technique. It's wonderful stuff!!

Thanks for the Canada Day wishes....yup.... I'm still up here!!

Shayla said...

These panels are extraordinary, DJ. You've captured a feel of water, air, and growing things. I can tell it was a good workshop.

ArtPropelled said...

Earth Moss is my favourite! How wonderful that you were able to attend Rebecca's workshop. I've been admiring her work for a while now.

Meandering Artist said... have found a new game to play! Beautiful!

Martha Lever said...

Hi DJ! Yes I did draw her. I think she was a face that I drew while doing Misty Mawn's faces class.

artbyjune said...

What beautiful work, DJ. This looks like a great combination of mediums to experiment with!! The workshop sounds like great fun. You are so lucky to have the chance to attend it. Very inspiring!!

Zorana said...

It had to be an wonderful workshop because your canvases look amazing. I thought of sparkly water before I even read how you titled the grouping. It evokes the feeling that I usually have when standing above water (and I've been known to look at water for long periods of time). I know nothing about the technique you used, but love the result.

wetoilpaint said...

I love the organic feel these pieces project. They seem to create a calming and soothing affect on my emotions.

srzimmartist said...

Wonderful! Fun to try something new isn't it? Really unique!

Jean said...

These pieces are absolutely amazing! Hearing about the workshop in South Carolina has inspired me to make more of an effort to do something like that. I really love what you did here. I think the bottom is my favorite - love the colors!!! Can't wait to see more!
Jean :)

PS...I did read about the talking rocks!! Very cool!!