Sunday, May 3, 2009
Stars and Stripes on Glassell
10 X 8 inch oil painting on clay board.
$30 (plus $12 shipping in the U.S.)
Copperwood Artware Gallery in Orange has several of my paintings hanging inside. Recently, the owner asked if I would set up my easel in front of the gallery to attract attention to the show inside, to which I enthusiastically agreed. Although I had a fever and a cold that day, I had the opportunity to talk to passersby about painting and to direct them into the gallery to see more of my work (I’ve got to admit that was a very cool first-time experience for me).
This painting is a sidewalk scene in front of Copperwood looking towards the traffic circle in the center of Orange. It was challenging painting while talking to so many people (I don't know how painting teachers manage it). My head wasn’t very clear with the fever I had either, which is probably why I decided to try painting on clay board for the first time.
The board gave me a lot of trouble because there isn’t much tooth to it and my paint kept sliding around. I like thick paint and am finding that canvas panels primed with a few extra coats of gesso give me the tooth I need. I enjoy painting on linen as well.
What is your preferred surface and do you make it yourself?
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