Im considering doing a new Instructional DVD. Its been five or six years since my last one. Im looking for Suggestions. Is there anything you all would like to see?
The canvases are finally finished! They are quite beauties. Turns out that building five canvases is a two week project. There are many important steps:
- Cutting the wood, building the frame of the canvas, and making sure all edges are flush and that the entire frame is square
- Gluing, Stapling, and sanding so that all surfaces are flush
- Fitting masonite board to the finished top
- Priming the masonite with acrylic so that the acid in the wood doesn’t rot the canvas
- Sanding the masonite and making sure the entire surface is dust free
- Stretching the canvas and stapling
- Sizing the canvas with rabbit skin glue
- Lightly sanding the sized canvas
- Finishing with multiple layers of gesso or primer
It’s great to have them finished and in three weeks Jeff will be able to start painting on them! Stay tuned for updates.
Today in Jeff’s studio, Jeff and his assistants made some canvases glue with an interesting, yet common, ingredient: rabbit skin! This was news to me! The past week Jeff’s studio has been filled mostly with canvases, five to be exact. It has been quite the process building them, considering that two are eight feet wide. More pictures to come!
The past week, Jeff has been working on another painting in his “Life” series – this one featuring warm pink shades, unlike the previous painting (Life #2) that focused more on cooler hues. The lighting for this painting was a little more complex than the previous “Life” paintings, with a purple light in the shadows, and a more fuchsia shade in the reflected light and background. One of the reasons Jeff chose the bright pink was because of the way it brought out similar tones in her cheeks and lips. Can’t wait to see the finished product!
Highlights from the Hein Academy of Art’s NYC trip are finally posted! Check them out on the school website.
Below is a short, basic drawing demonstration that Jeff was able to do for Aspen Academy last week. Hope you enjoy!