When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

"Color! What a deep and mysterious language..." (Paul Gauguin)

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Behind The Scenes

December 5, 2008


 The frames are custom built. Canvas is stretched across a beveled edge. Frames are built with highest quality clear spruce. Corners are reinforced with plywood. Large frames have at least one sturdy support bar across the width.

The brush swishing against the taut canvas makes a music of its own.. gentle drumming sounds. Priming the canvas is a soothing task. It’s purely a sight thing, straightforward, doesn’t need study or thought. There are so many small efforts toward the creation of a painting. The process of defining a scene on the front is probably 40% of the entire amount of work considered.

 The extra canvas is folded, keeping the back tidy. Frames are typically 2 or 3 inches deep. Sides are painted, and when finished have narrow wood trim; clean lines. Hanging apparatus: sized according to weight of paintings, metal sleeve crimped over #4 guage wire looped through D-rings screwed into solid wood.

We’re result-oriented, but details matter: the materials underneath the paint, the quality of paint, to frame or not to frame, tidiness, cleanliness back and front, hanging apparatus…these are just a few of the details behind my scenes.

Categories: acrylic painting, design, Materials | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Behind The Scenes”

  1. Jim Says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:06

    I think your talking about craftsmanship here.
    Can you be an artist if your not a craftsman first? It’s what enables you to express yourself accurately.

  2. Nikkico Says:
    December 5th, 2008 at 11:06

    Yes, I think so too. One compliments the other.

  3. Elizabeth Says:
    December 9th, 2008 at 11:06

    I think you are an artist of taste…Keep following your dreams, It always work…Have a great week… Elizabeth from Campbell River BC.
    Like looking at your art…

  4. Nikkico Says:
    December 9th, 2008 at 11:06

    Thanks so much for the encouragement Elizabeth.


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