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Abstraction in Cold Wax Techniques – G2010112

Explore abstract painting and the diversity of cold-wax medium used with oil paint, pigment sticks and powdered pigments. Cold-wax medium is wonderful for all painters to experiment with, using non-traditional tools to achieve texture and finishes similar to encaustic but without the equipment, caustic fumes and heat. This exciting medium is gaining widespread popularity, and opens doors for oil and other painters to explore new techniques and surface effects. In addition to these effects there will be guidance and instruction as to help with painting abstractly. Through one on one support and reviewing some of the basic principles of art she has encouraged all levels of artists to explore their own voice and style. Cindy has been a painter for over 20 years and an instructor for much of that time. She has been honored to have taught at Ghost Ranch several times and throughout the Southeast. The first couple of days your time will be the studio painting for the morning and afternoon sessions. Evenings can be open time or class discussion. As you begin to develop your techniques you will venture more outside the studio to observe the landscape and develop ideas that will influence your work. By Thursday, if weather permits, we will visit The White Place-Plaza Blanca in Abiquiu, NM made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. According to instructor Cindy, “Cold-wax medium has totally changed the way I approach painting. We work hard and have fun playing with our tools during the class time. The workshop is such a great way to experiment and find new ways to paint. Together we explore the landscape of Ghost Ranch through this medium as we develop layers of paint and texture which will result in introspective and emotional interpretations of your Ghost Ranch experience. “
Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

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Welcome to autumn at Ghost Ranch - a festival of color and creativity. Whether you choose to paint with brushes or fire or thread or write with a pen or a computer, let the hues of the ranch and the companionship of your colleagues inspire your pages and projects. All workshops meet every morning. Students in writing workshops will have afternoons to reflect, discuss, create and attend various talks. Fine art courses will have studio time. Participants from all workshops are welcome to attend readings and concerts in the evenings. In 2020, our artist in residence will be Cornelius Eady, a National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet, who has set his poetry to song, with the Cornelius Eady Trio. Eady’s songs tell the story of passing time, the Black American experience and the blues in the style of Folk and Americana music.

During this Covid-19 Pandemic Period, full refunds will be given as requested for workshops scheduled through May. This period may be extended or refunds considered per request. Please consider leaving your funds on deposit for another Ghost Ranch workshop or future stay. Or, consider donating a portion to help us through this unique business period.

Traditional Policy: Written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January Term – see below.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

 Workshops always begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed..

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
  • During our busy summer seasons, late June-July and late September-early October, participants who register alone should expect to have a roommate assigned to their room. In some limited circumstances, a single occupancy upgrade will be available at $100 per night.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?
  • Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom in between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.


  • Cindy Walton
    Cindy Walton

    Cindy Walton, a committed artist from childhood, and a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, moved to Asheville in 1988. She earned a BA in art from Salem College, and returned to UNCA for her BFA. Represented by galleries throughout the southeast and elsewhere.

    Walton is a recipient of a Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellowship (Amherst, Virginia) and, also of a North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grant. She is a regular participant in the invitational Winter Show at Green Hill Center for the NC Arts in Greensboro, NC.

    She teaches nationally most notably in Asheville, Atlanta and at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Her work is in the collections of Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC, City Bank Corporation and other entities and in numerous private collections

    “I seek to project authentic intimate interpretations of the world as I encounter it—coast and mountains, past and present.”
    ~ Cindy Walton


Oct 04 2020 - Oct 10 2020


Arrival & Departure Dates - Check-in & Check-out times
3:00 pm - 9:00 am


$775.00 - $1,540.00
Make New Mexico Museum of Art part of your New Mexico experience
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