Paintings on Wood! And a new show.

wip2I’ve been working with some new materials, specifically learning how to use different kinds of paint on wood panels. For acrylic, I’ve used clear gesso, but I really wanted to use watercolors, and anyone who’s tried laying watercolors on top of raw wood knows – yeah, that doesn’t work. At all.

So, up until a few days ago, I was using Daniel Smith’s tinted watercolor ground, which you can use the same way as gesso to lay a watercolor-able surface down on practically anything (wood, glass, metal, plastic – the possibilities!). On my most recent trip to the art supply store, I was turned onto the fact that a CLEAR watercolor ground exists. What? Yes.

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I’d already primed a number of wooden panels, so half of these new pieces are on a solid background, and the other half – with the transparent watercolor ground – gasp (!) – takes full advantage of that wonderful wood grain.

I tried “maskoid” (liquid masking fluid) out on the watercolor ground to see if it would work the same as on paper, and it does! This is how I get little stars and dust-spots (or orbs, or what have you).

2 player game detail

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“Two-Player Game”ant sisters detail

“Ant Sisters”

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“Telescope”

telescope smlucy sm“Lucy”

lucy detail mountain woman sm

“Mountain Woman”  wip  wip4

(This butterfly/moth girl is as of yet untitled. If you have any suggestions, please shoot!)

These pieces and a few more will be on display at Scratch Deli (1718 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122) – with the opening night being this Saturday, from 7-9. Hope to see you there!!

3 thoughts on “Paintings on Wood! And a new show.

  1. do you do portraits? i really like your work and saw a wedding invite you did a year or so ago that i thought was awesome – but seeing these paintings on wood in particular led me to ask if you do other work on commission. id love a portrait in a similar vein of the outer space/negative space piece. would i send a photo of myself? and what would a cost estimate be? Just curious but serious. Thanks, ~Jean Usera 917-968-0993

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  2. These are amazing! I love how you keep on exploring and growing as an artist. I’ve never ever tried watercolour on wood before but you’ve inspired me to do so! 🙂

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