“Midnight poppies” is MIXED MEDIA ON GESSOED MASONITE. $75.00
I sprayed this with a mat protective sealant which should make it almost waterproof. You can frame without glass!!!
The size is 8 by 10 inches.
I painted this the other day while I was demonstrating to my art class how the gessoed surface works with watercolor. Because this painting wasn’t finished I went ahead and finished it up in my studio. My Koi are very hungry these days and keep uprooting my lilies which have three or four lilly pads struggling to grow. The nights are still cool but I will assume the weather will be warmer any day now and those koi and the lilies will be growing!
8 by 10 watercolor on gessoed masonite sealed with a polymer clear coat. $95.00
2.5 by 3.5 ACEO on gessoed masonite. varnished in matte varnish with uvl . $15.00 plus 2.5 for postage
I love working with gessoed masonite. I have the option of painting in watercolor, pastels, oil or acrylics. its a great surface. I make these myself. I have them cut by my handyman who will cut up a dozen at a time. I also ask him to cut some 8 by 10 sizes because that seems to be the most popular size for daily paintings
This Watercolor is 4 by 4, (inches ) A watercolor on gessoboard & is for sale for $30.00 Plus S& H.
I painted this in the deductive manner. That means: I painted it and before it dried I used a wet brush to pulled out the objects from the still damp paint. Then, I allowed it to dry and later filled in the objects with another light glaze of paint. In this case the lighter color of yellow green.
People write to me often and ask me why I paint on surfaces other than paper. Some folks have always challenged my methods because they are not traditional in nature. The use of heavy pigment at times almost straight from the tube, the use of spray fixative and of course the use of non traditional painting surfaces. First, I would mention that this is nothing new, people have been painting on gessoed masonite for over 40 years. I’m sure canvas, wood and other supports have always been available to watercolorists and have been used as well. I started painting on other surfaces for several reasons. I’ve painted on paper for more than 20 years and feeling like i was missing something, wanted to branch out. I’ve always like experimentation & now that I’m confident of my painting skills, wanted to see what else is out there for the watercolorist. There is a lot of work in the area of water media, which is exciting and fresh and not limited by the traditional restrictions of watercolor on paper. Even our state (SC) watercolor society changed their name to watermedia society and this made me realize that things were changing. The South Carolina watercolor society has always been at the forefront of new artistic avenues and being a part of it was important to me. I also found that sales of my paintings on clay board, canvas or gessoed masonite were selling for a higher price than the works on paper. These surfaces are actually easier to paint on once you learn their limitations and yet give the artist many ways to express an idea. Without having to plan ahead, and the ability to correct mistakes easily it helps the artist be more in the moment. It also allows the artist (especially the new artist) a certain amount of freedom that watercolor on paper can only do after many years of experience. I still love watercolor on paper and probably always will. It not that one is better than another but they offer the artist variety and a challenge. Also… why is it that we watercolor artists feel we must restrict ourselves for traditional methods. Some of these methods aren’t even traditional but have just recently ( within the last 40 years) become rules. For instance the forbidden use of white paint, Turner, Homer, & Sargent all used white paint. I love the look of white paper but don’t see anything wrong with using white if the painting calls for it.
Here are three examples of very similar paintings on three different surfaces. Fom a distance they look very much the same but up close they have a slight variation in texture. The one on the right is traditional 140 lb paper. The one in the middle is gessoed masonite and the last is illustration
Gessoed masonite illustration board
8 by 8 watercolor on gessoed masonite $50.00 go to http://www.dailypainters.com to pay with pay pal.
This Lillie was painted on Gessoed Masonite which is thickly textured. It can be framed with or without glass. Since its supposed to be moonlight I made it a bit darker than usual and find it sets off the Koi and the lilly pads rather nicely.
6 by 6 gessoed masonite
For those that have been following my entry into the Cal show, I didn’t win any awards but I am thrilled to have my work hanging in the show along with so many other great artist’s work.
The show had a good variety of art and I feel there was a good mix of mediums and subjects. Landscapes, figures, sculpture, realistic work and abstracts were well represented. I noticed the judge had a preference for work which left something for the viewer to determine. Art where everything wasn’t spelled out seemed to be the theme of the show. Also: artists who used a variety of edges, ( although one piece which won an award was all hard edge) and or used a veriety of textures seemed to be well represented.
You can”t really sum up a show because there were the exceptions for all of these things… but if I were to sum up the show… I would say…less is more.
Watercolor on gessoed masonite $38.00, This piece is sealed so it may be framed without glass. I gessoed this and made the texture sort of go in a vertical pattern . I painted it Brown and Red and a Wine color. Then I pulled out the fish and painted their local color back into the spaces. I sprinkled water on the surface and pulled a towel across the surface which gave it a little bit of texture.
This isn’t 6 by 6 because my brother was cutting these boards for me and when this one went thru… I guess it got stuck and he had to recut it so the edge wouldn’t have a gouge. This artist thing isn’t as simple as painting a picture, there’s lots of prep work. I can see why artists had apprentices. I usually get my brother to do the cutting and sometimes he does the gesso work too.
Its been a busy day, I did books or about 5 or 6 hours and then I’ve been out cleaning the yard. Its spring and the trees look great with their new buds. I don’t have any excuse ( I hate cold weather) , Now that its warm, I have to get my porch cleaned off and my pots washed, you know the routine. I have a wood deck so I’ll pressure wash it and clean up my Terra-cotta pots, buy some potting soil for my flowers and work in my beds. I bought some seeds & I want to get them started so this summer I’ll have some flowers. It may take me a week cause I also have to clean up my brother’s place. I store stuff over there, he only lives across the street, boy, it seems like I need to get rid of some junk. I give the stuff to goodwill, of course, my accountant says I should get receipts for my goodwill donations but I never do. I guess I’ll take some things over and get one, if only just to make him happy.
This was supposed to go to my painting a week blog go there to see the rest of the project as I finish the painting http://h20color.wordpress.com
I’ve put the first day’s work (painting) up again because I didn’t realize I had put up a thumbnail. this should be easier to see.
This piece is on stretched ( WN) canvas. The canvas was coated with several goats of Acrylic gesso and allowed to dry. I actually painted the gesso on leaving it with a rough texture that is more or less going across the canvas as the water is. I think if you click on the picture it will enlarge. Perhaps you can see some of the texture. If you have never done this, it can be fun. You can use just about anything from a spatula, sponge, fingers, bristle brushes and drag these things thru the moist gesso to leave marks. Then allow it to dry.
this is an eight by eight watercolor on gessoed masonite. $50.00
I just found out both of my entries into the “spring into art” juried show got into the show. I’ll take photos of the pieces so you can see them. I’m happy my work is in the show but it would be even better if one of the pieces won an award. They said there were over 150 pieces of art work entered, so I was really surprised and happy to have both of my paintings get in.
I think 50 to 60 pieces were accepted. The show is this Friday nite, cross your fingers for me!
I will paint Your Koi if you send me a photo, you of course will receive first refusal for the piece. I will maintain the copyright and all artist rights.
My price list is
4 by 4 = 30.00
6 by 6 = 40.00
8 by 8 = 50.00
8 by 10 = 75.00
Most of these will ship for $5.50 in US
11 by 14 or 15 = 300.0
16 by 20 = 350.0
18 by 24 = 400.0
24 by 24 = 450.00
odd sizes or commissioned pieces are quoted by actual size not the framed size.
Items can be painted in WC, egg tempra, acrylic, or pastel on….
Wood, paper, clayboard, canvas, gessoed masonite, Illustration board, and slate.