Dayna Collins – An Intro to Oil and Cold Wax (Online); Friday, May 31, 2024

Date: Friday, May 31, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:30PM Pacific Time/5:00-6:30 PM Eastern Time/10:00-11:30 PM London Time
Medium: Oil & Cold Wax

Painting with oil paint mixed with cold wax medium is like painting with whipped butter. It is soft and creamy, and when dry, it can be buffed to a beautiful sheen. In this 1-1/2 hour demo, Dayna will share about the many benefits of using cold wax medium with oil paint, share mixing ratios, methods for applying paint using putty and palette knives,  how to speed up drying time, and offer a sampling of creative techniques. (There will be time for Q&A after the presentation.)

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Dayna Collins‘s fiery red hair sets the tone for how she makes her art and lives her life. She is an energetic, intuitive, abstract painter working in oil and cold wax. Her intuitive abstract paintings reflect her love of wild color, curiosity, playfulness, and joyful spirit – with a smidge of sassiness and irreverence to keep life interesting. She works in layers, applying swaths of colorful paint, then going in and scraping away portions of the paint, drawing and digging, making marks and lines, and then adding more layers of paint as a composition begins to emerge.

As a collagist, her mixed media pieces reflect the passage of time, repurposing book scraps and found ephemera, transforming the aged and tattered pieces into something unexpected and beautiful, celebrating their fragile decay. She delights in painting on paper to use in her contemporary collages.

Dayna shows her art in three Northwest galleries: Guardino Gallery in Portland, Salem on the Edge in Salem, and RiverSea Gallery in Astoria. Her work is on display at two NW boutique hotels, The Independence and The Dundee. Her work has been published in several books, including “Cold Wax Medium,” by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, “Wabi-Sabi Painting with Cold Wax,” by Serena Barton, “The Mixed-Media Artist,” by Seth Apter, and the college textbook, “Art for Everyone,” published by Oxford University Press. Dayna has taught throughout the Pacific Northwest, including at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, the Creative Arts Community at the Menucha Retreat Center in the Columbia Gorge, for the San Diego Book Arts, and numerous times privately throughout Oregon and Washington.

About Our Technique Takeaways: 

  • Discover techniques you can ‘take away’  from some of your favorite artists and apply to your own work. This one-and-a-half hour presentation will showcase a process that the artist incorporates in their art practice.  Instruction will be through a combination of lecture and demonstration by the artists.
  • If you are unable to attend live over Zoom, you will have access to the recording for 60 days. Technique Takeaways are non-refundable.
  • Once you’ve signed up, you will receive the link to the class page where you will find the Zoom link, class recording and other important information for this class no later than the night before the class.  (Don’t forget to check your junk folder).
  • You can also access the class on our site on your Online Classrooms page.
  • To participate live, you will need a Zoom enabled computer OR iPad/smart tablet OR smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.

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