Wednesday, September 06, 2006
This is my friend Clare
This is my friend Clare. This is his studio. These are the paintings we moved to make way for his WALL-SIZED CANVAS!
I'm helping Downstairs Clare transform one of his sun lit studio walls into a painter's delight. Yesterday we rearranged some of his lumber and stuff to clear everything away from a wall. Today we used his drill press to prep six 1 x 3's planks. These will get about 12 dowel pins inserted each that once applied to the wall will become a rig for stretching canvas. The 10' x 20' wall will act as stretcher bars. Can you imagine?! Tomorrow I'll help him install the rigging to the wall. After that, he'll take miles of canvas, stretch it like a giant Inuit seal skin and commence to paint with gargantuan implements like mops I'm guessing. What fun!
And this, This my friends is why I'm happy to help Clare. Happy to serve he and his wife dinner tonight. What is it, you ask? This is a compound cut in my beam stock that Clare cut for me today.
I showed him the set and splained how I wanted the six beams, which by the way are convening at different angles and are not equidistantly set apart, to meet in the middle peak like a thing of glory. Then he splained me that the only way would be to take a protractor (!), measure each beam for it's angle, number and cut them on a tilted table saw blade, in order to cut two surfaces at once. You can see two sample beams joined in the photo, the additional four beams would fall into the cluster like a faceted pointed tip.
He and I are heading off in the morning to NOVA COLOR*, (which, if you don't already know about--I'm sorry to have held out on you. They are a wonderful local pigment/acrylic paint manufacturer that sell direct out of a little ally near us (and online) the most vivid amazing array of paint and mediums you have to see to be inspired by for easily half the cost of lesser quality product. If you paint, check it.) I'm going for duh, gloss medium and gel. And I want to try a black matte gesso in a syringe for the faux leading test.
Oh, and I went to a big art supply store today and got a 5 lb. brick of JollyKing Plasteline (what I'm used to from Michael Curry's shop--love the stuff) and a 2 lb. block of No 1 (soft) Roma Plastilina. Isn't is romantic the way it's wrapped in paper vellum? Makes me feel like I'm back in 1742 Italy. Hang on Tarn!
Tomorrow it's also going to be about wall to wall... well, walls!!!
*Nova Color Artists' Acrylic Paint is made with a top grade pure acrylic binder and is heavily saturated with the best pigments available. Nova Color Artists' Acrylic Paint is strong and brilliant.