I recently completed these two paintings and plan to create many more in the upcoming year under a series titled, Rugged Beauty. Needless to say these paintings take a lot of time. If you want to see a recap of my process take a look at this older post.
In a few weeks, our family will travel to New Mexico. I'll be taking my camera and hope to shoot some of the cacti as we drive through West Texas.
As far as the composition for this series, it will be similar. Close up and cropped. I really like the square format but want to make some larger, like 30 x 30, 36 x 36, and 48 x 48. I'd like to paint some blooming. I get excited when I come upon something unusual, like an enormous sticker. I don't claim to be a great photographer but if I find something cool - I'll share. Follow me on instagram too @anntjackson (i love instagram, i'm a visual person, what can I say...).
Great things are happening in 2014! January was a very busy month, as I prepared for several commissions. This means stocking up on supplies. Materials, the best materials, are an important part of my work. Exploring different materials is something I enjoy.
In college, I was required to build my own canvases. I'm no longer an expert with a table saw but at times I do hand stretch linen or canvas over wood panels or frames I build using stretcher bars. Someone recently asked why I go to such a lengthy process before I even start painting. Here's why... When I'm using a nice linen it becomes part of the process. The paint reacts to the linen and I appreciate the manner in which the linen takes color. Here are a few shots of the process.
I start with a wood panel and measure off the linen. Here I'm using one of my favorites, Belgian linen, in a medium weave.
Next, I use canvas pliers and a staple gun to attach the linen to the panel. This is hard work and requires practice, getting the canvas tight without ripping the linen takes times. Rotating sides as I staple helps create perfect tension.
Here it is completely stretched and ready to go to the studio where I will prime the linen using gesso. Usually about two to three coats of gesso are need.
A look up close and you can see the marks, drips, washes, and various texture on the linen. This is a method I am using for some of my work, specifically the Translation Of Words series which I hope to expand in 2014. Obviously this process is more work and takes more time but in the end the results are worth it!
Sharing the process of a painterly approach to art, wallcoverings, and textiles.