Monday, December 29, 2008
To Answer Your Question...
I received an email from a reader asking me about the photo in the last post. She wondered what the heck kinda surface was I duct-taping the piece of canvas on? Was it some kind of gray scale board that I made? and if so is there a particular reason for working on a gray scale?
It took me a moment to understand what she was talking about, but I realize the source of her question. The board is not some special gray scale support thing. It's a 12 x 24 painting I did last year during Sonoma Plein Air. I just used it as a rigid surface on which to tape the scrap piece of canvas. No, it's not a painting that I'm attached to and it'll never see the light of day, but it came in handy.
Why did I use the front of the painting rather than the backside? It's because some time ago I used the back as a palette and it has dried gobs of paint on it. It ain't smooth, see.
I churn out a bunch of little paintings that's never going to be shown, (not even in my own studio) because quite frankly, they suck. I usually throw them out but if I can find good use for them...
Having a gray scale right above and/or below your painting at the easel might not be a bad idea, actually. One of my old palettes had a gray scale strip under the glass and I remember finding that very useful.
Anyway, I hope that clears up the mystery of the board. By the way, no particular reason why I use duct tape as opposed to artist's tape. It's just what I could find in my studio mess.
Posted by Terry Miura at 2:28 AM