Dayna Collins – Wild and Free Abstracted Landscapes in Oil and Cold Wax (Online); Tuesdays, July 9-30, 2024

Date: Tuesdays, July 9-30, 2024
Times: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific, 1:00-3:30 pm Eastern, 6:00-8:30 PM London Time
Level: All
Mediums: Oil and cold wax

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Dive into the deep end of color and wild marks, using multiple layers of oil paint mixed with cold wax. Cold wax is a versatile medium that creates rich luminosity, interesting surfaces, and speeds up drying time. It is applied with squeegees, putty, and palette knives, and it feels like painting with whipped butter. Our emphasis will be on painting vibrant and colorful abstracted landscapes using our imaginations (and reference photos if desired). We will experiment with laying down swaths of paint, building texture, scraping away, and then doing it all again. We will work intuitively and energetically on multiple pieces, exploring texture, layers, composition and design, and the use of color. The layers dry quickly, and clean-up is done with mineral or baby oil. You will complete several pieces and have starts for future paintings.


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 Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • You will have access to a private class message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link or visit your Online Classrooms to find your active classes.

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