recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Upcoming cold wax and oil workshop


Exploring the Surface: Painting with Cold Wax

Whether brushing, drawing, scratching, scraping, rubbing, pressing, pushing, pulling or employing knife techniques, this ancient medium fosters versatility. Its translucent qualities allow light to penetrate into the paint surface, emphasizing rich and vibrant colour, depth and tone. 

November, oil/cold wax on canvas, 18x36in, copyright Jan Yates 2014

Texture, movement and fluidity can easily be achieved via working with cold wax , oil paint and drawing materials and I will share techniques and tools used with this tactile painting medium. Recommended for artists with some painting experience.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New Studio Course

Looking at Landscape


Drawing (charcoal, pastel) and\or Painting (acrylic, oil)

This series of classes will delve into the art of seeing and responding to the land. Guidance will be given in the form of technique (composition, brushwork, paint handling, colour and value) as well as address how to bring an individual voice and personal style to your work. Participants are encouraged to bring their own reference material; either photographs or a still life set up from natural elements.

A materials list will be provided

Monday, November 3, 2014

making the time

I am in awe of those blogging artists that make the time and effort to edit and upload images, as well as write entries, on an ongoing (some daily) basis.  At the day's end I find myself to be spent-sometimes in a good way from art-making-sometimes not so good because of business or personal issues.

Even more of a reason to applaud those that, no matter what else is going on in their lives, take and make the time to write and share on a regular basis. I may be too tired (lazy?) to comment, but I do enjoy reading your posts-Rhonda Carpender and Celeste Bergen, a special hat's off to you.

In the meantime, here are some 'peerie' leaf-keepers..encaustic, copper, maple and elm leaves.

  peerie leaf keeper 1
encaustic mixed media & copper wire on panel 
4x7in, copyright Jan Yates 2014

peerie leaf keeper 2
 encaustic mixed media & copper wire on panel
 4x7in, copyright Jan Yates 2014

 You can make your own 'keepers' with anything you fancy-recipes, photos, found objects, glass, beads, etc. I have just updated my website with new workshop dates: