Thursday, September 29, 2011

Playing in the Studio

 I played in the studio for a few minutes last night. I'm on a gouache kick right now and am still learning (I would learn more if I would take more time to play). The one on the right are Hosta plants in a garden..I can kinda see it.... I think gouache works well for value and color studies.
 
I've always had a problem finding a good way of storing wet paintings until they got framed (or determined to be duds and thrown away...). I have some nice wall shelves in my studio for dry/framed paintings, but the wet ones were always a problem. I generally work pretty small - 8x10 or 5x7 - so figured I could come up with something to display a number of paintings together on one of my empty walls.
 
Here is a board I came up with. This is a full sheet of foamcore and the tracks are plastic molding (made for covering the edges of paneling). The molding was about $3 for 8 foot at the home store. I used clear Gorilla glue to mount them to the foamcore. The slot width of the molding is just perfect for hardboard panels. Obviously, if the paint was really thick and juicy, the slots might mess up the very bottom of the painting. It was a fun experiment for only a few bucks. I will probably make something a little more refined, but for now it works for me!

5 comments:

Linda Hill said...

What a great idea!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Great idea. I've thought gouache would be fun. You can buy it different ways I think ... in tubes and in small palettes right?

Nartizt said...

I bought the tubes, like watercolor paint. I was looking for a dry set in a small palette, but didn't find any locally. I might buy one next time I order online. I used to do watercolors several years ago, but gouache seems easier because they are opaque.

Jim said...

Boy, you are the Renaissance Woman! Is there anything you don't do? Great little paintings, by the way.

Nartizt said...

Ha! Thanks Jim - I am a pretty handy gal.... a "Jacqueline of All Trades"? (Jack of all trades) LOL