I like to paint on cradled birch panels. I like how the 2″ depth lets me show a painting without the need for additional framing. The advantages of using wood panel instead of canvas is that the wood surface gives me a hard, inflexible material on which to painting. Working on canvas, especially large ones, is like painting the surface of a trampoline and it is too “bouncy” a painting surface for my tastes. I’m starting a new 4′ x 4′ painting today so I thought I would show you how I make the cradled panel for it.
First, I cut the top panel out of a sheet of 1/4″ birch veneered plywood and the sides and braces out of pine 1 by 2’s. Then I paint the pieces with 3 coats of white gesso. Next, I attach the cradled sides to the panel using wood glue and clamps. To keep the panel from warping, I also add a center brace and corner braces . I counter sink nails at all the joints for even more stability and patch the holes with wood putty. Last, I add more gesso over the nail holes. Voila! A new painting panel waiting for painting and paper.
In my studio, paper wins every time. That’s because as a mixed media artist, paper is one of my favorite and most versatile mediums I use. I am starting to work on the fourth painting in my yoga series but first, I had to print some new papers to use in this painting. I have enjoyed using the gel plate (by Gelli Arts) I got for Christmas to print unique and multi-layered prints. A Gel Printing Plate looks and feels like a sheet of gelatin, but is durable, reusable and stores at room temperature. It’s easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a gel plate is simple and fun. The gratification is immediate, and the prints are too cool. These monoprints are only a handful of the papers I printed today using stencils, faux painting tools and more.
You can see where I used a brayer to roll on the acrylic paint, then scraped in a design and finally pressed the paper onto the plate. Voila! It’s as easy and fun as that. If I didn’t like the print, I just added another layer or two on top and ended up with some great designs. Next post, I will show you how I used these papers in my yoga painting #4.
I had a great turn out this weekend at my Open Studio. Perfect weather, good people and lots of great art to see. I’m not sure if my art was the big draw or perhaps that big bowl of Starburst candy I set out? My husband and son even rode their bikes from Manhattan to Long Island City to give me a quick break so I could dash out and view some of the other artists’ studios and their art. I snapped this photo of my husband “pitching” my paintings to a perspective collector.
Okay, that a huge exaggeration. However, I am showcased in MoMA’s PS1 Studio Visit. This is a web initiative by MoMA that offers virtual presentations of artists’ studios. Emerging artists working in the five boroughs and greater New York area are invited to upload video or still images of their studios and work. Artists’ submissions will be present on the website for at least one month. Studio Visit serves as an online artistic hub and give viewers a look at some exciting new work while examining the varied artistic practices located within the New York City area. Come check it out at http://momaps1.org/studio-visit/
I just moved into a larger studio space (in the same building) and it’s chaos here! I realized I need to paint the flat files (which purchased from the previous tenant) before I can use them. But then I realized that I can’t spray paint anything until I get everything under plastic, which I can’t do until I unpack. Which I can’t do until I paint the wooden storage loft so I can store everything on it. So it’s off to Home Depot to get gallons of paint and get started.