Friday, December 16, 2016

30 in 30 days

I am taking a few days to prep my substrates for the January challenge. I am working on the background layers for 30 paintings, deciding what colours to use, what texture (if any) etc. What I like about the challenge is that sometimes a whole new texture process comes out of working on these small substrates.

It took me a couple of days to gesso, and then build a first layer of paint on 30 substrates. My substrates were specially made by a local business - they are 3/4" thick and 11" diameter. I am trying out both birch plywood and lightweight MDF. Each one has its advantages. I like the smoothness of the MDF surface, which works out better for smaller substrate size as I do not usually build too much texture on smaller paintings. Birch is a more hard wood and it is also a good choice for this project. Either substrate is easy to hang with two D shaped picture hanger screwed into the back. I use a wire with plastic coating on it - it is more durable and it never breaks on me!
Of course, weight is not a consideration for substrates this small, but it is good to track these things for bigger sized projects in the future.

I work on our dining room table so that area was quite messy and busy during this process. I work in acrylics primarily because they are easier to work with, I can build a lot of texture very quickly and they do not require solvents and do not smell too bad (especially after they dry).

Another big part of the project is choosing the theme. I chose to paint things related to Canada, and first 30 paintings are of animals that live in Canada. I made a list of each animal and the list keeps growing every day. Each painting will be a colourful, fun painting.

It is also time to start thinking where I should exhibit the finished paintings. That is always a challenge in Edmonton! Wish me luck on that one.

One of the animals that made the list for January is a raven! Here is "Patriarch" a small 6x6" painting I painted a long time ago :)

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