Tuesday, February 8, 2011

NORA KASTEN Artist Oil Painting "Macy At Four"

"Macy At Four"
©  Nora Kasten
Oil painting on linen  (16"x 12") Completed 2/8/2011

"My little Macy didn't turn out as I envisioned but I'm happier with it than the one I painted so many years ago.

Can you get colds back to back.  I believe that I have but am finally feeling better again.  A beautiful day today to be out in the sun and it must help.

I've been painting one coat of alkyd oil house paint on each of the oil primed canvas boards that I purchased recently.  All but two were purchased from ASW and two large ones on 1/2" gator board from New Traditions Art.  Even New Traditions oil primed canvas isn't what I'm wanting. I learned about the alkyd house paint as a priming coat several years ago from Ted Goerschner's book "Oil Painting, The Workshop Experience" and it works very well.  I just don't want to be doing all the extra priming in my old age.  

I ordered a roll of Artfix L84C oil primed linen canvas from ASW today and when it arrives I will take it to a wonderful printer, G&H Printing, here in Naples and they will adhere the canvas to 1/2" black FormCore.  They will use four 4'x8' sheets of the FormCore for my canvas and then cut the sizes I specify.  We've done this before and it's great.  The last time I still had to paint the alkyd house paint over the finished canvas boards but this time I believe the newer and heavier oil primed canvas will be just right.  I'll be sure to let you know.


martinealison said...

Prenez soin de votre dos ma chère Nora... Je vous fais de gros bisous

Carol Blackburn said...

Mornin' Nora,
Hope you are well. Macy is adorable........
It's so interesting to learn how other artist (especially those you admire) set up their canvases, etc. I appreciate your sharing with us. Wishing you a beautiful day!

billspaintingmn said...

Happy and cheerful is the look and
air of this new painting of Macy.
Not that the other one wasn't. The other painting seemed more reserved.
Sounds interesting how your preping your canvas Nora! I'm interested how they turn out.