this has been odd phase, in which i’ve been alternating days of lethargy with others of normal activity. a block of sorts. i don’t know if the transition to the new materials have been causing this. yesterday i started working in some small works on paper and since then i’ve been slowly coming back to my normal self.
but anyway… i’m glad to finally share my new experiments on this new surface that brought me much excitenment and a happy sense of artistic enlightenment: the masonite board.
masonite is a type of hardboard much used in construction and furniture. it’s light, thin, smooth, and very inexpensive. if you apply coats of gesso on it you’ll have a nice surface to play using almost all types of traditional media – including oils, acrylics, pastel, colored pencil, charcoal, and graphite.
acrylic paints keep their vibrancy and look way more alive and luminous on a primed masonite than on canvas. the picture doesn’t do the justice: these greens and blues are to die for. unfortunately i am not going to finish this painting; it was supposed to be a depiction of the goddess Isis, but i’m not really feeling it, so the figure will be covered soon. but the background will certainly be reused.
now i have a set of wooden strips resting on the back porch, destined to become cradles for other boards. i’ll spend some time measuring, cutting and sanding them, but when i think about the money i’ll save, the extra job just makes me smile: no need to frame the pieces, not mentioning that buying the boards already cradled are amazingly expensive. i’ll report all the process of preparing the boards as soon as i get started.
I’d like to thank all the people who’s been buying e-tickets for the Solstice Giveway. i feel really joyous. God bless you all.