Making painting panels in my studio ...
There is nothing quite as satisfying as seeing these pristine little panels lined up in my studio, patiently awaiting a beautiful brushstroke.
In previous posts, I've described my process of stretching and preparing oil lead primed Belgian linen from scratch. As an alternative, I will add a trowelled coat of oil lead primer to the oil lead primed Belgian linen that I keep on hand (such as Fredrix, 'Kent'). And once in awhile, to mix it up a bit, I stretch a canvas and do nothing to it! It just makes me appreciate the surfaces I create all the more.
While it certainly would be a time saver (I'm told) to purchase a ready made canvas, for me there is nothing quite like putting my brush to a hand-made surface, knowing that every mark is my own.
As long as I live, I shall vividly recall the enchanting and precious moments spent in front of a Rembrandt original painting. How incredibly thrilling it was to discover areas of his linen surface, there for my very own eyes to see; wobbly, uneven surface areas where, I surmised, the hand-pulled tension was greater; areas where the irregular weave was so beautifully more evident. Transfixed, I imagined Rembrandt standing where I now stood ... and knowing that every mark was his own.
I will write more on this topic in future posts. In the meantime, if you'd like to know how to make these gessoed panels, simply send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you my written instructions.
Or perhaps you'd like to comment on your own approach. I'd love to know how you make your mark.
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Happy Mark Making!