Embracing Chaos with Melinda Cootsona


Using Cold Wax Medium to Explore New Ideas in Your Work

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DATE: May 20 – 21, 2019
TIME: 10:00am to 5:00pm
FEE: $420 +  $20 (to be paid in person to Melinda at the beginning of the workshop for some supplies she’ll provide, including the cold wax and odorless mineral spirits)
LOCATION: 1401 S. Bloodworth St. Raleigh, NC 27610
SUPPLIES LIST:  sent to workshop participants after the minimum amount of students is reached.
LEVEL: Intermediate to advanced | STUDENTS: max. 12, minimum 8


In this two-day workshop, Melinda will demonstrate numerous techniques using this exciting ‘new’ medium that is rapidly gaining popularity with oil painters. In addition to speeding up drying time, Cold Wax brings an element of the unexpected to the painting process which is ideal for artists yearning to work more abstractly and intuitively. Known for her abstract figurative work, Melinda will include some focus on the figure, however all subject matter is welcome in this class. Students will leave with many new techniques and concepts to explore in their own work.

Students should have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of oil painting. (Acrylics will not work with cold wax).


Melinda Cootsona is a figurative painter in Northern California. Greatly influenced by the Bay Area artistic tradition, her paintings focus on the strength of the female figure. The paintings are created with layers of oil paint, applied and then scraped away revealing figures that fill the canvas in varying poses of contemplation or reflection in abstracted surroundings. Whether in a soft or harsh surrounding, the strength of the female figure is primary.

Having taught oil painting for almost 20 years to students around the globe, Melinda takes particular care to interact with each student individually to help them discover their own voice and work on their unique needs.

Melinda’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Triton Museum in California, The San Francisco Art Market, The Coos Bay Museum of Art in Oregon, and Art Basel Miami, as well as many group and solo shows throughout the U.S.


If a month before the workshop we haven’t reached the minimum amount of students for the workshop to happen the workshop will be canceled and students will receive a full refund.

If you cancel less than 60 DAYS prior to the start of a workshop you will receive half of your registration fee, If you cancel less than 30 DAYS prior the start of the workshop you will not receive a refund. If you must cancel in this time frame we encourage you to find a replacement, and your replacement can reimburse you for your course fee. If you cancel before the 60-day limit you will receive a full refund minus 3% processing fee.  Unfortunately, students who start a multiple-day class and are unable to attend any portion will not receive a refund.


Workshop will be canceled or rescheduled if inclement weather (hurricanes, snow storm, tropical storm, black ice, flooding, etc.) is on the forecast. No one should take any unnecessary risks. If the workshop is canceled, all registration money will be returned to the students minus 3% processing fee.  The workshop will be re-scheduled if possible for both parties.


Sent to participants after minimum amount of students is reached.

Always bring an Easel and a side table
A standing travel easel
A TV table or small side table for your palette


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