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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Coffee Grinder

Hello there! I painted this recently from a set up. I am a big collector of primitive antiques and I have had this old coffee grinder for years. I painted it looking down on it but I am going to try it again soon from a different position. This is oil on a 8 X 10 stretched canvas. Share with me what surface you prefer to paint on please, stretched canvas, Raymar panel or do you cut your own? I really love Raymar panels, I purchase the smooth cotton. Check them out if you haven't, they are museum quality and they have wet canvas carriers too. I have a big supply of stretched canvases but I think I prefer the hard surface more, hmm.


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Sunny said...

I love coffe grinders and other old "stuff" :) Nice composition. i look forward to seeing what else you do with it! Happy painting!

Barbara Pask said...

Hi Sunny, nice to see you again :) Glad you like this, I think I am going to paint it again tomorrow looking more straight on to the grinder. So much to paint...lol

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

This is a very nice study. Love that old grinder. Do you make coffee with it?

I like the panels from SourceTek, Raymar, Windriver Arts. I prefer various linen surfaces, smooth for portrait and a little rougher for landscape. I use the prepared panels and also make my own. The advantage to doing your own is you can cut whatever size you want from a roll of linen, tape it to a backing to paint, then tape it to a wall to dry. This uses minimal space for travel. I sometimes tape them to the hotel room wall if I'm staying a few days or to the inside of my van if I'm driving. Another advantage to this is it is easy to crop the finished piece and simply cut a gatorboard to size to glue the linen. I've also found you can use Command Strips to mount the paintings to a wall without framing or poking holes in your wall. You can move around small pieces and create an interesting grouping at very little expense.

Whew, you won't be asking for my input again, eh :-)

Barbara Pask said...

Hi Bill, Thank you! Not sure I would eat anything that came of of that old thing, lol. Thank you for all of your insight into canvases. If you paint really heavy with a palette knife on your loose canvas is it a problem to adhere it to say gatorboard? I do find that I like a firmer surface to paint on. I like the idea of cropping the finished piece how it looks best too. I love your input!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Just noticed the house painting below this. Those houses are so appealing. The slices of sunlight warm my heart.

I suppose if you paint really thick it could be a problem. You do have to let the paint dry. Then put the glue (there are a couple of reversible glues available) on the board, lay down the dry canvas, use a brayer to roll it flat, put a book on top until it dries. After it dries you may need to trim the edges with a razor blade, or if the canvas is smaller than the gatorboard, trim the gatorboard with an xacto knife. I cut the linen about 1/2" bigger on each side than a standard gatorboard size. For example an 8x10 I would cut linen 8.5x10.5 and use the edges to tape the piece to a larger gatorboard for painting. Then either leave it on that board until dry or tape it to something else to dry. Then glue it to a precut 8"x10" gatorboard, let it dry and trim the edges. One advantage to this is if the piece is not particularly appealing say after a day of plein air, you can just toss the linen.