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"Hopes for the Sycamores"

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Looking at a painting for a year or so one can see that so much more could be done with it. In this vein, I took a brush and palette up to work on "Cloven Sycamores" which had been sitting in a blind alley (or my storage room for artwork) for some time. I began this one in my bedroom just looking out over the river below (it's not the James but the Rockfish River which does flow into the James River)me as I look out from the back of my house. A good friend said that I needed to do a painting of those two trees. I said "No way man!!" I felt it would be just too big of an object to fit into any canvas of mine. Then a year when by n I was simply pulled into that view when I was just gazing on afternoon upon that pair. I began it in 2013. I had the drop cloth bought simply for the reason of protecting the bedroom carpet from my easel's drippings. I set up on a sunny day and when to work. The start didn't take long I think in five hours I had …

The Work Goes N Before the Paint Goes On

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With life giving us the need to have a job that pays I seldom have the time during the school year to paint what I want to paint. Not to be redundant but one must be ready for what time one has to actually change into ones painting clothes and get out their and work on a canvas. To be ready I try to make some canvases rather large canvases before I find the time comes in which I can go on out and create. Doing this requires some time spent in my studio where I store my work making the canvases from stretchers and raw cotton duck and gesso. This takes three coats of gesso (gesso is a combination of rabbit skin glue and titanium white paint which is non-toxic) to make the canvas oil paint ready. Without this stuff the paint would soon rot the cotton duck that canvas is made of, so we coat it with gesso first before applying paint to the surface. It takes the good part of an afternoon to make a canvas, but once its done the actual painting on it can wait for a very long time.…