new paintings

Wax and potential for new textures

This is a section of a new(ish) painting (below). It’s the interior of a bwthyn (or bothy) in the Cambrian mountains. An isolated and bleak spot in the winter but idyllic in the summer. The painting is acrylic on a black ground (1224 x 559mm) followed by various layers of oil in a wax medium. Because the wax is fast-drying, it’s possible to get new and interesting textures by dragging new layers on to the rough surface. I use an old loyalty card for broad strokes and a palette knife for the fiddly stuff.