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Daisy, Studio Tip, Stroke Update

Daisy, Green Vase

6"x 6", Framed

oil on gessoboard

Studio Tip:

I like to paint on panels and boards, and my friend, Doug, built a storage system to hold them. 

Now.... I needed to come up with a way to hold/support them on my easel. 

There is a "lip" that covers up the upper and lower part of your panel.

I tried to sit the panel on the "lip"and it didn't work. It wasn't secure. (it fell down......scary!!!)

So, in my efforts to come up with a remedy, I have found some solutions:

David Darrow  -"My board is 2ft x 2ft x 1/2” birch plywood. I bought a flat, aluminum “bar” at a hardware store, cut too 12” pieces from it, and drilled holes through them both. I set a panel onto it, then somewhere along the top edge I stab a screw into the board very close to the painting. Sometimes the threads hold it in place, other times, the wide head of the screw. 

I have been using this board for 15 years, so far."

Scott Conary -"On my small easel, I've added some bits of wood so that 1/4" panel has something to brace against."

David and Scott made these supports/braces and are master woodworkers! 

Now, I could do Michael Orwick's approach:

He screwed 4 screws; .2 at the top and 2 at the bottom of his easel to support the panel.

Or..... I can just buy one...

Carol Marine-"designed by David Marine - holds the panel still and allows you to paint off every edge with nothing in the way."Carol Marine's Easel

Karin Jurick the "Paint On" easel comes in two forms: one that fits on your stand-up easel and one that is a tabletop easel. 

 Any other suggestions???

Stroke Up-date:

This is kinda funny...

 This is where I lift almost every day...... pretty intense and intimidating, right?

But the one thing that I had to overcome this huge hill  because I have this thing called "foot drop".

"Foot drop is a gait abnormality in which the dropping of the forefoot happens due to weakness, irritation or damage...." Wikipedia

I couldn't climb up or down that thing without some help from a nearby weight machine....

Curbs were another problem. I had to use the car or a person, (all of which were happy to help!) to get up and down those.

But I conquered it!!!!

Listening to while I paint: Audio Books: "David and Goliath" by Malcolm Gladwell


The Nerdist, hosted by Chris Hardwick

Here's The Thing, hosted by Alec Baldwin Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner "Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper American's Test Kitchen, hosted by Christopher Kimball

Truth For Life, hosted by Alistair Begg Music: My iPod

Really helpful!: I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check. Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)


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