Happiness is taking a cold wax art class by an artist you’ve admired for some time.

Cindy Walton and Tami Ross in Cindy's Studio in Asheville NC

I first met Cindy Walton during a trip to Asheville with my ever lovin’. Cindy’s studio is perfectly located in the River Arts District just above The Wedge (Brewing Company). I love working galleries where you have the chance to not only appreciate art, but to meet and chat with the artists. And a brewing company… what more could a gal from Canada ask for?

As a lover of Mark Rothko, I found myself immediately drawn to Cindy’s work.  The push and pull of colors and the use of wax seems to create magic on the wooden surfaces.

Cold Wax Art Class at BINDERS Art

I love trying new things.

I love getting out of my comfort zone. And oil is completely out of my comfort zone. I’ve never used it. And I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on the delicious creamy texture of this paint. Just the process of creating a palette is rewarding.

Cindy Walton Cold Wax class at Binders Art Supplies and FramesThere is a certain freedom that comes with having no idea what you’re doing. I embraced that today. So often I’m working on a project professionally – completing something that has a certain level of expectation attached to it. Not today. Today I played, I pushed, I made mud, and I learned so much.

Techniques and theories can be studied and learned. There is a right and wrong to understanding color theory. But creating art is a journey. There is no right or wrong. There is only the layering of ideas. The mixing of truth and personal myths. The understanding that knowing is only 1/2 the battle. Trying. Trying makes all the difference.

This is how I left my table on the first day. Excited to see what would happen next.

Cold Wax Art Class at Binders ArtThese pieces are so interesting because at some point they seem to take on a life of their own. As I pushed and pulled layers of paint and cold wax over the panels I discovered that for the most part I had to give up the need to control what happened. I had to let go as I built the layers up. It was an active mediation and I can’t wait to start it all over again.

Here is where I left off on the last day.

day two cold wax class


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