Monday, February 18, 2013

Candela's Light and Painting on a Large Surface


Candela's Light
24 x 48 x 1/4"  acrylic on birch panel

  Recently I have seen and loved several pieces of art by various artists that paint on found wooden objects or wood panels.   After seeing these lovely works I decided to go to the hardware store to see what kind of wood I could find there.  It was surprising to find really large wood panels for less than ten dollars.

It was not just the wood surface that provided so much joy in painting this, but the size of the wood.  How freeing it is to be able to paint with long quick strokes and dabs within the large spaces.  I may have even raised my heart rate a little while painting the archway with all the bending and swooping at the easel.  I even got to do a little bit of "yoga" on the floor as I worked on the rug at her feet. 


The second painting on a wood panel is already off to a good start.  I don't know what I am going to do with these works, but perhaps they will be for the show next year.  Problem is, I need to figure out how to frame these inexpensively or at least put hanging hardware on the backs of these.  Any ideas?

Below are some closeups of the work.  

Thanks for stopping by!

♥ Lisa

The photo above is a bit misleading in the lighting it shows.  However, I left it here because this is the look of light I was trying to achieve...a glow from the various lamps.  For some reason the photo shows it, but the painting unfortunately is not all aglow like I wanted it to be.  Painting light is above my skill level for sure.  A real challenge.  



26 comments:

  1. FABULOUS LISA! This is a keeper -DO NOT SELL THIS ONE - It is the star of something new and is perfect in every way

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  2. Wonderful painting! I can't help you about hardware--maybe it needs some sort of constructed brace on the back? It's very cool!

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  3. Oh wow it's lovely! I like to paint on wood too although I haven't done it for a while. The best way to frame them is to add lengths of 2 x 1 inch to the edges, and to mitre the corners if you can. If your panel is light and not too heavy you can buy a frame larger then the picture, take the glass out and mount it to the middle leaving a gap around the edges. I've done this before and painted the whole frame including the back. Have a look at this.. http://jessielilac.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/making-pictures-from-cards.html
    I've kept the glass in those because the pictures are on paper but you can see how I've painted the backing wood white and the edges blue. :)xx

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  4. So beautiful Lisa! I'm not exactly sure what the wood your working on looks like, but I love the natural/unfinished look and think some simple hardware on the back would be great!

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  5. These pieces are fabulous! And you got a workout too -- lol!

    I love painting on wood. You can find cradled panels already assembled - not as inexpensive as just buying the wood panels. My husband adds the framing (mitered 1-2 inch wide pieces to the four sides) for me and grumbles the entire time asking why I didn't buy the cradled panels.

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  6. This is superb Lisa! I love to paint on wood panels too... and masonite panels as well and I add a framing on the back so it's more easy to hang on the wall just like the stretched canvas ... hum... maybe should I make a tutorial for this in the next weeks to show how I prepare my panels!

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  7. oh my gosh, lisa - this is a smile-making, heart-singing painting!!!! i love it so much! and i absolutely agree with what julie said.

    i have a couple of larger paintings on plywod by jesse reno, and he just puts simple hardware on the back for hanging. i like them that way. i think framing is superflous... the most i would do is paint the edges. i don't think beauties like this need framing...

    xoxo

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  8. You've out-done yourself this time! This is fantastic. I agree with Lynne H...this doesn't need a frame. It's perfect just as it is.

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  9. This is so beautiful Lisa. I love the lights & the woman too! The largest panel I've used is 16x20 and those I put right into open back frames. I'm not sure what you do with the bigger ones. I would definitely hang it though. My unframed ones I have to lay flat. If they lean against the wall too long they will bow if uncradled.

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  10. Lisa, you are killing me!! I love this one!!! Well done ;o)

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  11. Exquisite piece, Lisa....I agree with Julie...keep it for YOU! Awesome watching you grow and grow and grow as an artist. Paint on!

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  12. Lisa, I'm in love with this one too! Depending on how big and heavy this is you could try glueing two small pieces of 1/2" by 1/2" wood on the centre top and bottom. That would give you somewhere to attach a hook AND give the painting added depth by sticking out of the wall 1/2". xo Carole

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  13. This is killer beautiful Lisa! Really, really, really.

    Because of the danger of warping, I would buy some inexpensive furring strips and attach them to the back all along the edges and maybe one for stability in the center. If they're sanded and painted a lovely iridescent silver, you won't even need to mitre the corners. I think you can even use tiny brad nails and glue and just put a tiny drop of paint after you countersink the nails.

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  14. Wowza!!! Lady I have been out of blogland for 5 minutes, I come back and get greeted with this!! You have outdone yourself, this is one truly stunning piece of art.

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  15. Lisa you surprises me whenever I come to your wonderful blog! What a superb beautiful big painting!! All those lovely candela lights! I LOVE IT ♥♥♥

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  16. Very brave of you my friend to try different mediums to work on. Sounds like you had some fun with this one. Love the way it turned out.

    Hugs~

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  17. This is fantastic! I am no expert either but let me know when you find out more about painting the glow and framing the picture. I hope Lottie is behaving herself:)
    ManonX

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  18. I think you have still created a sense of light by placing the lights against a dark background maybe a slight light halo around them will help, are you familiar with John Singer Sargent's painting Carnation Lily Lily Rose, the colours and glow in his lanterns are reflected on the children's faces.
    I like wood panels you can be more aggressive than with canvas regards scrapping and sanding layers of paint. If they are cradled panels I would just fix D rings on the back or possibly put them into simple floating frames.

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  19. I love this piece too! I am reading through the comments. I often paint on wood and have trouble hanging them. They can get heavy! I am hoping to read about a solution here! :)

    I wouldn't sell this piece either. It is special and gorgeous.

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  20. Hi Lisa, thanks so much for your very kind comment on my blog. I've been wandering through your site and love your art! I'm signing up to follow you, so will look forward to many more amazing pieces in the future!

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  21. Excellent piece Lisa!!!!
    I also would just go with something simple for hanging.

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