Oil and Cold Wax Workshop

Portsmouth Arts Guild Hall, 2679 East Main Street, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Diane Brown, Instructor

Date:  Saturday, December 3rd

(snow date December 10th)

Time 10 am – 3 pm with a half hour lunch break

Limited Enrollment



$115 Members

$145 Non-members

$15 Materials fee paid to the Instructor

Diane Brown, Oil and Cold Wax Workshop, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Class Description:
Diane begins the class with a demonstration showing how to mix the oil paint with the cold wax, how to move the medium around the paper using non-traditional tools and how to create marks while using stencils, knitting needles, tissue paper and much more.

Through the process of layering and manipulating different oil & cold wax layers, rich abstract paintings are created, filled with vibrant color and visual texture.  Each artists has the opportunity to create several paintings done on 140 lb watercolor paper while in this workshop.

There is a materials fee of $15 per artist.

Materials provided by students:

Oil paints, 1 light, 1 black or gray, and several other colors of their choice.

1 metal palette knife if you have one, preferably Blicks #72 made in Italy
1 roll of paper towels
1 roll of 1” blue painters tape
Thin Collage papers to insert into paintings
Plastic bags for garbage

Materials provided by the Instructor:
Cold wax
140 lb watercolor paper
Freezer Wrap
Wax Paper
Tissue paper
Embossing tools
Brayers and Citra Sølv

Knitting needles, wooden skewers, oil pastels, glitter, R&F oil sticks, bubble wrap and more.

About Diane Brown:

Diane Brown is an award winning mixed media artist, specializing in the Oil & Cold Wax Medium.  Her work has been exhibited in NYC, CT, RI, OR, PA.

She is an Elected Artist at the Mystic Museum of Art, a Member of  the Art League of New Britain, the New Haven Paint & Clay Club, The Allied Artists of American, South County Art Association, Wickford Art Association, Essex Art Association, Lyme Art Association, The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Center and formerly a member of The Salmagundi Club, NYC.

Artist Statement:  

My work is inspired by the natural and organic formations, surface patterns and textures found all around us.  I create my abstract paintings while combining oil paint with cold wax.  The process of painting is my focus, not trying to make a specific statement, so I often begin in one place and end up in another with no idea of how I got there or how to “do it again”.

With thanks to our generous sponsors

Prudence Island Quilters Guild


P.O. Box 463
Portsmouth, RI, 02871
(401) 215-0122