I paint on stable surfaces. These are stretched primed canvas, birch panels backed with frames, plywood laminate panels.
In canvas, I use gallery-wrapped canvases. The stretcher bars are 1-3/8″ thick and the canvas is stretched around the sides and stapled to the back of the stretcher bar. I paint around the sides of the canvas. This means removing the canvas and rolling it up to transport is not workable, and damages the painted corner surfaces.
Paints and Mediums
I use Blick Artist Acrylics, Golden Heavy Body Acrylics, Pebeo Fast Dry Artist’s Oils, Gamblin Artist’s Oil Paints. I use artist quality archival materials throughout.
Airbrush underpainting for acrylic canvases is Golden Airbrush colors.
The sketch for a painting on canvas is made using Rembrandt Artist’s Pastels, and matte workable fixative to hold it in place through the initial stages of a painting.
Acrylic works are protected by two layers of isolation clear acrylic coating, followed by a coat of archival Liquitex matte conservator’s varnish.
Oil paintings are allowed to dry completely. This means untouched for 6 months to a year. Once that is complete they can be varnished.