Mixed oil paints on stretched canvas with Superblack ink applied by brush.
Oil Paints on Canvas
-with Putty Knives and Plaster Tools
-and a Masonry String Radius for Brushwork.

Oil painting frame making and canvass stretching is easier and more precise with a mitre box and saw. Corner clamps are essential, yet more expensive than the mitre box. 1 and 1/4”, 8’ stock from Home Depot and diagonally cut 1/4” plywood test squares for bracing with 3” and 1” wood screws used in the whole assembly. I bought a 25 foot roll of 61 inch wide canvas, It cuts easily with a razor blade or scissors., and I am certain that it will provide me with sufficient cloth for dozens of paintings. Next, I will put it on an easel. I enjoy beginning each painting with putty knives, plaster tools, and brushed turpentine on the wet paint. I have had my successes with painting using palette knives. I use what many people would say is too much paint. Sometimes I thicken the paint with joint compound or wood putty. I’m looking forward to doing another or second elevation landscape by building on a piece of plywood or a canvas with wiremesh, cheese cloth, wallpaper adhesive, joint compound and wood putty before thickened thinned oil paints. I will use my horizontal easel or a table for that three dimensional elevation painting so it lays flat as I build. Sometimes I imagine myself like van Gogh in a mental hospital with a Best wall easel. It would not be a bad thing to have only one large painting and work on it for years. I tend to paint in a rapid and disorganized way. I’m interested in experimenting with precision now and somewhat disappointed that I don’t know lithography. I only care for watercolor if I begin the work with speedball pen and ink with a component therein being watercolor resist.

Making canvas frames and stretching canvas.
Providential Caduceus
Gate and Cedar.

Paintings and Sketches