Introduction to Abstract Painting
With Oils and Cold Wax


Explore abstract painting via artist oils and cold wax. Cold wax is an oil paint medium just as Galkyd, gels, or linseed oil. Unlike other mediums, it has achieved the unique status of recognition as a genre of painting – a little like both noun and verb. In this introductory class, we will explore with minimal use of other additive mediums, offering the artists a very ‘painterly’ means of expression. You can create expressive marks, great impasto effects, carve, and texture your surface. This combination provides the artist with a great deal of versatility in their mark making.

*Limited to 12 participants.

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Our focus will be on the process – giving you maximum time to explore the medium. Each demonstration and discussions will feature tools and techniques to push the limits of the medium, inviting surprise. Explore possibilities and ways to incorporate into your individual artistic practice.

About Cold Wax:
Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Utilize cold wax, tube oils, pigment sticks, and a variety of implements to create meaningful abstractions filled with texture, color, and mark making.

Get ready. It’s time to create!

Additional information


2 Saturdays: July 27 and August 3
Class time: 2:00 – 5:30 PM
Fee $160
Materials Fee: (paid at the workshop) $45
Limit 12 participants


Location: Riley's Street Art Supply, San Rafael
1138 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901


Please bring the following supplies
1 Notebook
+++ Any mark making tools you like to work with
Old rags for wiping of tools between colors, etc
***Pizza box to carry work home (larger than 12”)***

About Georgia

Georgia Gibbs is an abstract artist who began working primarily in oils with cold wax in 2013. Early on she honed her design and creative skills as a stylist for commercial photography. Next, she trained in computer skills and became an award-winning user interaction designer for interactive television applications. While creative, it still did not 'quiet' the creative itch. Today she is a painter and also a web designer and developer. She has taught graphic design and computer graphics at FIDM in San Francisco as well as art and creativity workshops throughout the Bay Area. She is currently recognized as an Artist in Residence by the city of Fairfax in Marin.


Cancellations will be honored up to 5 days in advance of the first session of this 2-part workshop only.