Aug 30 - 31 2022


9:30 am - 4:30 pm



830AD-AB: Oil and Cold Wax Abstract with Addren Doss


Into the Abstract: Unleash Your Creativity with Oil and Cold Wax Medium
Level: Exp. Beginner – Advanced

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If you love color and texture and would like to become a more spontaneous and intuitive painter, this workshop is for you!
In this two-day workshop we will be creating abstract paintings and exploring creative painting techniques using oil and cold wax medium. You will be working on two different surfaces – Arches oil paper and cradled gessoed panels; and applying paint with everything except a brush. Learn how to start with a plan and then be free to let the painting carry you away with a voice of its own.

On the first day you will get an overview of abstract art, and the non-traditional tools you will be using. Addren will also introduce you to a few of her favorite artists and their paintings. Then you will be warming up with quick composition studies and “alla prima” abstract paintings on Arches oil paper while exploring different color palettes, mark making, and methods of applying the paint. At the end of the day you will move on to cradled panels and begin the process of exploring how to create many different layers and textures in preparation for day two.

On the second day you will continue working on the cradled panels you began on the first day. By putting on additional layers and uncovering or excavating them to show the history of the painting that lies below. This is the time for exploration and risk taking!

There will be demonstrations each morning and help at the easel throughout the day.

Workshop Teacher

  • Addren Doss

    “For me, plein air painting is about recording my emotional reaction to a specific place at a specific time of day.  The studio painting that may come from that experience is an extension of the intense feelings and reactions I had when painting outside.” — Addren Doss

    The goal of Addren Doss is to engage viewers emotionally by creating representational light filled paintings with intense colors and strong value patterns.  Her oil and pastel paintings are filled with bold brush and knife work, and passages of pure clean color.  One viewer recently said, “I feel a part of the landscape, the sun on my face, and the wind in my hair when looking at your paintings.”  Another said “I feel like I can reach out and touch your animals”.

    Addren spent the first twenty years of her art career as a graphic designer doing corporate and freelance work.  In 1990 she decided to follow her true passion, and began her career as a painter.  Over the years she has studied with many noted American artists.  Now she feels the need and responsibility to share what she has learned by teaching classes and workshops in oil and pastel, which she has been doing for over 12 years.

    Addren is a Master Signature Member of Women Artists of the West, Founding and Charter Member of the Piedmont Outdoor Painting Society, and member of the Pastel Society of North Carolina.  She is represented by O’Brien Gallery in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Her work can be found in many private and corporate collections across the country and internationally.  She and her husband live in Greensboro, North Carolina.