Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Have You Seen The Little Figgys?


Brush strokes! So fun to create with bold brush strokes. This painting has a very contemporary look to it. 8x10 oil on hardboard.
I hate prep work but it has to be done. I am preparing panels for painting by gluing linen to the surface. I am experimenting with gatorboard and also using birch panels. Although it takes up time I think it is worth it in money saved. My husband cut the gatorboard and birch for me in various sizes. I bought primed linen at Jerry's Artarama with a 40% off coupon. Cutting the linen is the biggest hassle. But I will have loads of beautiful panels to paint on. WooHoo!

9 comments:

Pattie said...

Nice brush strokes! You go girl on the prepping new surfaces! Takes time, but sounds like you got a great deal! If you are having problems with getting a straight cut...does the linen allow you to grab a thread on the side and pull it to give you a cutting guideline?

Beverly Sams said...

Beautiful color harmony :)
What are you using to glue the linen to the boards? I'd like to try that meself.

n. rhodes harper said...

Thanks Pattie, Unfortunately the primer on the linen doesn't allow for threads, it is really dealing with the big bulky roll that gives me the most trouble. I really am cheap and hate to cut something larger than needed so just measuring and marking off is tedious. Glad you are home from Guatamala.

n. rhodes harper said...

Hey Bev, Thanks, ah yes the color harmony! The source of my disdain! lol. I use a glue called Miracle Muck from Sourcetek.com It is a book binding glue. Some say it is not archival but I will offer the advice Ken auster told me. If you are famous enough to have your paintings archived then let the currator worry about taking care of the paintings. lol If you are going to order it I would do it now because when it is exposed to cold when shipping or storing is is ruined. I think it is just a real powerful version of elmers glue. experiment with the amount you put on because if it is too much it will see out the sides and it is messy, not enough and if won't adhere well.I use a rolling pin to roll all of the air bubbles out. You can also order gatorboard pre cut in painting sizes and already with adhesive on it. the company ashured me canvas or linen would hold to it.

Edward Burton said...

Wonderful painting! I really like the colors and brushwork.

Robin said...

Gosh golly gee- this one is PURDY,as they say down south.

n. rhodes harper said...

Thanks, Robin and Edward!

Marilyn M. King said...

Nancy, I LOVE this painting! Just marvelous, and I admire the color and brushwork. When I saw this it was a WOW moment!

I really didn't leave a comment so that I could add to the mounting discussion (it was really about the wonderful painting!) but I have also mounted canvas to masonite and used "Yes" paste. It is a permanent archival paste made for scrapbooking and I love love it! It cleans up with water, and allows you to move the panel around on the canvas until in place. I use a plastic knife to apply it, so no brush to clean - just wipe with paper towel or damp rag. I also use a rolling pin to smooth out the air pockets. I got it at Binders art supply (available on-line). Give it a try if you are still searching for something ideal.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

This is a beauty! Brushwork, color, composition. Love it.