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Replacing a Picture Frame Backing

June 19, 2017

It’s a easy thing, I suppose, to not give much consideration to the back of a picture frame. After all, it will be against the wall where no one will notice. However, your customer is buying the whole object, so it’s important to give proper attention to the all of it.

This painting, “Party at the Lake,” is casein on illustration board, floating on a sheet of mat board. Behind that is a sheet of cardboard. Originally, it had paper taped to the back by a professional framer I had hired for the job. It was acceptable at the time, but unfortunately the deep sides (2″) made it too easy for the paper to get poked and torn, so it needed to be replaced. I tore off all the old paper, and considered using mat board, but there wasn’t enough wood along the edge to hold it down with just tape, and glue would make it harder to replace later, should someone need to do that. Therefore, I decided to fill the whole back with a more stable support of foamcore.

I built a crossing grid out of strips of foamcore that were about 1/8″ shorter than the frame, so a sheet of foamcore would sit flush with the wood. I cut slots in the strips halfway through so they would assemble even with each other. I then glued a sheet of foamcore to this grid. The back is now nice and solid, but lightweight. The last step will be to paint the exposed wood black, and restring the wire.

By the way, I’m dusting off a few older pieces of art along with some new ones for a large show I’ll be having next month, paintings and drawings. Details to come.

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Painting Final: Jan Sunning on the Grass

June 11, 2017

Okay, short of a little touching up here and there, I’m calling this painting finished. I also managed to get a more accurate photograph of it.

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Painting Update 5: Jan Sunning on the Grass

June 7, 2017

Finally have an update on the new painting to show.

I repainted the towel color and pattern a couple times before I just decided to plow ahead with the last idea. I think I can make this one work, but I need to add a line pattern to it that I found, and then a few finishing touches to wrap it all up.

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Painting Update 4: Jan Sunning on the Grass

May 25, 2017

I’ve now got her figure mostly painted, liking how her hair turned out. I had pictured her skirt being very flat, as I’ve made it, but now I’m wondering if it needs a little more lighter modeling around her thigh. I think I’ll move on to the beach towel anyway as I give that some thought.

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Painting Update 3: Jan Sunning on the Grass

May 20, 2017

Just a little more to show on her figure. I wasn’t happy with her skin tone looking too pink, so I repainted some areas with a thin glaze of raw sienna. I think it’s back on track now.

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Painting Update 2: Jan Sunning on the Grass

May 15, 2017

Making a little progress on the figure of Jan. I’ve got her head and back mostly done, with her hair loosely roughed in. The brush strokes on her face needs some smoothing out, but I’ll get to that later.

I wound up not needing to do any scratching through the paint as I anticipated on this surface, but I like the feel of it anyway. The thin coat of plaster takes the paint really well.

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Painting Update: Jan Sunning on the Grass

May 11, 2017

Now I’ve got the grass “planted.” I mixed up a neutral red violet wash for the undertone of that area, and used a Winsor & Newton brilliant green and a titanium white I made for the grass. I’ll probably go back later and add more color variation, perhaps touches of yellow green, but I want to get the rest of the surface painted first. I want the figure and beach towel to remain brighter, so I don’t think I need to do an undertone for that, but will do some more testing on scrap paper to be sure.