Winter is officially here with the first snow fall that didn’t melt, but we’re too busy working in the studio to notice the cold and the darkness. Here is our list of projects for November.
- In October we offered a 10% discount on commissioned oil paintings, and as a result, Scott will be working on five pieces. The largest one is 3ft x 4ft.
- This First Friday we are having an art opening at Resolution Brewing in Mountain View. This is a new venue for us, in a different section of town, and we’re looking forward to seeing how things play out. Click here for the deets.
- Scott recently finished building two large supports for new paintings. He has interesting concepts for them, but today we found out that a major set-back happened. The 8ft x 4ft panel warped. We think this happened, because the wood fibers in the birch panel naturally wanted to twist. Fighting the natural tendencies of wood is a losing battle, so Scott is going to dismantle the panel, and start all over with new pieces. That’s a lot of wasted time and money, but we’d rather cut our losses sooner than later, and make a product that’s perfect. Defects are not acceptable at this level.
- We will be hosting art lessons for a Girl Scouts troop in our studio. They will be working on their collage and comic strip badges.
- This year the Maury Pottery sale is not happening for the first time in 30 years, so we’ll be hosting our own Holiday Studio Sale. Scott will have new paintings and prints for sale. Stay tuned for details.
- Lastly, if we have any extra time, we’re going to update our website with new images.
So that’s what we’ll be doing, in addition to managing the Etsy shop, fulfilling custom stickers orders, and maybe brewing some beer.
Have a great November!
Working on a commissioned painting.
The view from the studio has changed to winter mode.
When people talk to me about my artwork they often ask what I’ll put on canvas next. Then I get to tell them I prefer not to paint on canvas. I can, have, and will paint on canvas if a client insists. I think the last batch of canvas supports I built was in 2011, and I decided that the paintings come out better the way I have been painting them on panel. I use birch plywood of cabinet grade. Why do I prefer to paint on panels instead of canvas? The first reason is durability. Unlike canvas, a wood panel will not warp, or sag. The painting can be transported with less risk, and the paint is less likely to crack over time. A few months ago a client’s house flooded from a broken pipe and the only artwork that survived was my oil painting. The second reason is the way a wood panel reacts to the ground layers I put down before even thinking about what I will paint. First I put down three coats of a white primer, sanding between each coat. Then a coat of Colonial red, and finally a glaze of gold paint. The gold and red layers show through small gaps I leave in the oil paint so that the painting shimmers when light hits it at certain angles (this is very difficult to capture in a photo). On plywood this creates a smooth surface that paint is easily applied to and easily removed from until it starts to dry. I can simply wipe away if there is a mistake in the work as I go. On canvas this doesn’t work, and the paint layer absorbs into the texture of the canvas and it isn’t as lustrous. So I paint on plywood panels because they produce the best quality images with the best outcome overall.
Blank birch panel.
Gold paint shimmering through gaps in the oil paint.