Monday, June 27, 2016

"Purification" and the Faux Frame

These days I paint almost exclusively on gallery wrapped canvas.  I have a constant battle with myself about framing. Many paintings can hold there own without framing.  Sometimes though a frame can really accentuate the piece.  Frames can be heavy on the wall. I have 5 beautiful open back frames in my studio and a pack of traditional canvases but I have not yet used them.  Why this is I cannot say.  I just keep on buying gallery wrap canvas. I have made my own light weight wooden frames before with the help of You Tube videos.  I have also purchased frames for smaller canvases for exhibits.  Larger frames can become pricey.    Then a couple weeks ago I had an idea.  I knew that my next painting would be a figure done in oil on a 20x20x1.5 canvas.  I decided to experiment a little.  I sculpted the frame right on the canvas.  I used a mixture of joint compound and gel medium to add flexibility.  I then stenciled a design around the perimeter.  Once this dried I sanded, sealed, gessoed and taped the frame off.  I then went ahead with the oil painting.  Once the painting dried I removed the painters tape.  I painted the frame in acrylic using silver moss paint.  I painted the sides to match. I sealed that & then antiqued it with raw umber.  I was happy with how it turned out.  I think this is a good idea for odd shaped canvases.  It is at least another option!  Here is the finished piece.


And here is a side view on the wall.


The piece is framed and still lightweight hanging in the wall with a small nail.  It could easily be wired for an exhibit.  Who knew:)

I hope you are enjoying your Summer!  Thanks for visiting my blog.

Peace to you!

~Donna~

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Eerian V "Abandon City" Oil Painting

My fifth Eerian painting got a background!  I painting her initially with a rough outline using OMS to thin the paint.  I add medium to the thick paint of the dress as it speeds the drying process.  I like to hang my paintings on the wall in my living room as they get closer to completion.  I can get a feel for what I like about it and what I don't.  I especially like to see the painting in the morning as I sit in my chair with my coffee. After a day or two I decided I was happy with the figure but the painting was a little boring to me.  I then got the idea for the sky line and immediately liked it much better.  I did some glazing on this piece in the final stages.  Here is the finished painting:
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Peace to you!

~Donna~


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Eerian IV "The Wind Whispers Of Scarlet" Oil Painting

Waking up to the song of the birds
The safe haven of home
My coffee
My daughter
My walk to the lake.
The lighting of incense
My moments with God
Today peace abounds.

I have finished Number IV in my Eerian Series.   I am still working with oil paint.  It seems to be getting easier and I am learning more each day. I slightly modified a wonderful medium that a reader sent me (thanks Teddy!) a few posts back.  It is a great basic medium. The paintings seem to dry quicker than I thought oil paint would. I also love the the low luster finish it leaves.



It is time for us all
To decide who we are
Do we fight for the right
To a night at the opera now?
Have you asked of yourselves
What's the price you might pay?
Is this simply a game
For a rich young boy to play?
The colours of the world
Are changing day by day

Red: the blood of angry men!
Black: the dark of ages past!
Red: a world about to dawn!
Black: the night that ends at last!


" Red And Black" 
Les Miserables

Peace to you this Memorial Day!

Donna