Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Snow Coming

 ...calm, quiet dusk, and very cold, signaling the snow that came next day.... Acrylic collage painting on gessoed thin birch panel, 7.5 x 12 inches.
I walk to this field every night...at dusk you can see the far off lights of development near the highway. I included a spot of light to reference this.....the dot of white on the horizon.
In this one, collage was used only for the foreground. The intention was to collage the sky too, but I often find I don't have enough range in my blue collage papers....over abundance of every other colour, but short on light pinks and light blues....

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Stand Alone

 These little groves of scrub trees humanize the countryside...... overcast November. Acrylic collage painting on unprimed archival paper 11 x 15 inches, image size 8.75 x 9.75 inches.
Recently the collages have been starting this way: I know the subject, mood, and general intention of the picture beforehand. I go to this shelf which has hundreds of painted sheets (there are other places where I keep more sheets, but this is more than enough to choose from for now). I choose 3 colours in advance from these files (for the sky, ground, and tree mass). I choose a few more than that too, in case I want to play around a bit. But the 3 colours together go a long way to creating the mood wanted, so I go with that. This little selection process, in advance, also makes the whole thing more manageable. In this one the colours painted on were more limited as well, because I knew that I didn't want to paint much. I sometimes congratulate myself if an area is left entirely without added paint (the sky in this instance).

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Back Acres


It was a good year for cedars, with very little die-off....the back line is maturing nicely. A brisk, bright afternoon, November 19. Acrylic on archival paper laminated to thin gessoed birch panel, 9 x 12 inches.

Today will be a day for preparing more panels. Cut and sand the panels, keeping some variety with at least 3 different sizes. Sand panels. Gesso panels, preferably to 3 coats front and back. Cut and glue some panels with archival paper.


Friday, November 20, 2015

November Pasture (Sold)

A severe cut in the sky...rain ahead...pasture lands next to the forest. Acrylic collage painting on gessoed, thin birch panel 9 x 12 inches.

Because habituation takes place in all things, diminishing the intensity of experience, I search constantly for ways to keep the process fresh. These new panel paintings were one such thing. Now that I have made perhaps 5-6 of them in a row, the process has to be mixed again. After this work came a collage painting on paper. The expectations I put on myself are different with each of these little shifts in method. This is all very important because it keeps me wanting to make work each day....


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November Stand

 ....little stands of trees in the empty fields and even November light. Acrylic collage painting on gessoed thin birch panel 7.5 x 12 inches.
At the start of each session, my direction to myself is 'suggest more, describe less'. It is not easy to find the suggestions that satisfy, so there is always a tendency to describe instead. While some description is necessary, it is critical not to say too much.

Monday, November 16, 2015

House in Light (Sold)

  .....winter wheat looking healthy and fresh in the dampness of November.....the distant white house lit by afternoon sunlight. Acrylic collage painting on gessoed thin birch panel 7.5 x 12 inches. I need to start making these a little earlier in the afternoon because the light fades so quickly now. The ideal time to start making the work would be late morning or very early afternoon.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November Dusk, Horsefarm

 Standing near the intersection just as the light fades. Acrylic on birch panel laminated with archival paper, 7.75 x 12 inches. The panels are cut, sanded, gessoed, and in this case the paper is then laminated on top, for a very soft, receptive surface. Panels made in this way take a good deal of time and effort to prepare, but I really like the intimacy of this surface. The paint mostly rides on top of a gessoed panel, but paper partly absorbs the paint.....especially paper that has not been covered with gesso.

Here's how I laminate archival paper to panel:   First I trace the the plate onto the paper, then I trim it with a razor and metal ruler edge. Then I apply a strong layer of glue to the paper (Yes paste in this case), then I apply the paper to board, then roll with a brayer...or in this case I used a rolling pin because I couldn`t find a brayer. Rolling with a brayer will make sure the glue is even under the paper. After this step is done I put the board under many heavy art books to apply even pressure.

It also helps to roll with a brayer on the edges of the board, to make sure that the paper is completely glued to the board (you don`t want the paper unsticking in places). You may have to retouch in one or two places after the pressure stage with books is done, in case the paper is unsticking in a corner or edge....just a little touch of glue and keep pressing to make sure nothing at all is lifting.

This is also how I prepare panels for encaustic painting....

If you use a bulkier glue like Lepages, or other white glues, apply the glue as evenly as possible so that you don't have unsightly bumps after it has all dried. Plenty of rolling with the brayer and lots of hand pressure, right after you put the paper on, will help with this. Let the excess glue squeeze over the edges, and pick it up with your finger to tidy.

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