Portrait Painting on Wood

"smitten"
I don't have my camera, so I am posting a painting I did several years ago. This is oil on wood and an early experiment in painting on wood. It was a scrap piece of wood and I used a glazing technique (using liquin-a non yellowing medium for thinning oils). I won first place in the 2003 Springfield Museum of Art Members Exhibit, which was very encouraging. Don't we all need that little boost now and again :) Since then I have really enjoying learning to paint on a variety of woods, or wood composite supports (currently mdf, which is high density and moisture resistant).

October art stroll is coming together, and because having a street art themed event in the senior center great hall doesn't sound very hip I came up with a name and we decided to call the room "the hip joint" for the evening :)
We are going to have live music, video/slide show with pics of found art,graffiti, tag, posters and sticker art.

Saying of the Day: When it rains, why don't sheep shrink?

Comments

Philip said…
Great work! BTW - shouldn't it by 'why' rather than 'who' when it comes to shrunken sheep???!!
Philip said…
Now I'm at it .... 'be' not 'by'!!
Beaman said…
Wonderful painting!
Mr Zip said…
Lovely painting. I can see why it won the prize. I agree - it's quite a boost to the morale to be recognised that way.

Good luck with the Hip Joint.
Angela said…
Wonderful post! That portrait you did on wood is outstanding! I just got alot of wood, family cleaned out a few things...I was going to ask, do you have to DO anything to the wood? Just start painting on it I suppose right? Or does it matter what type of wood it is?
Anyhoo, you did a great job! :)
Shez said…
Lovely Painting. It's softness against the wood is outstanding.
Getting recognition in that way must be good for the soul.....
jafabrit said…
angela, you need to sand the wood, then put several coats of gesso on it, sanding between each. You also need to seal the back and sides of the wood with a coat of gesso and then clear acrylic sealer.

This is one painting I decided to keep as I enjoy it. Thanks for dropping by everyone.
Cynthia said…
Wonderful painting and it's no wonder it won 1st place!

I'm still trying to figure out the sheep saying.
jafabrit said…
well I don't know if any of you have worn a real wool coat and been caught in a rainstorm, but I did once and it shrunk up to my arse.
What a beautiful painting.
It is so wistful.
I love it and agree it is a Winner!

Love the hip joint..
Will it be hip enough for a communal spliff?
jafabrit said…
"Will it be hip enough for a communal spliff?"

naw, although I am sure some of it will waft in from the street, lol! We do have a head shop a few doors down ;) ;) know wot a mean ;)
I can see why you won first place.. beautiful work. I agree that we each need a little boost and encouragmnet from time to time with awards and public encouragment, those small town shows I enter are great for that.
HMBT said…
OMG! I love this work...and envy your talent!
Janvangogh said…
Beautiful painting.

Hip joint. ARF ARF!!! on sooooo many levels :-)
Cynthia said…
Gotcha...have done the wool sweater shrink, from size 10 to doll size. Not too much fun.

I forgot to mention and second Janet, arf arf snort on the "Hip Joint".
LynClay said…
What a gorgeous painting JB, I can see why it won...lovely expressive eyes, they are so alive!
'The Hip Joint' sounds too fun, love that name LOL!
eek I'm sorry you don't have your camera, are you going to get it fixed or buy a new one? I always try to remember to put the wrist strap on when I use mine but I'm usually in a hurry and don't do it.
victor said…
lovely work, Spug..I came over from Norwegianity where he has the image linked to you....
jafabrit said…
thanks victor, I didn't see my image but I did see he has me listed on his blog list :) cool.

Lyn, I am getting a new one for my birthday in a couple of days, and you can be sure it will be in a padded camera case or a padded bag.

hmbt you envy MY talent, like you haven't got any of your own :) thanks though, I appreciate that.

glad you not a snort (excuse the pun) out of the "hip joint" hee! hee!
jafabrit said…
oh okay, victor I saw the pic.
Eugene Jackson said…
Thank you! That was pretty funny, what you did to your cousin. I wonder how long it took before he or she realized that it wasn’t a new flavor of chocolate.
jafabrit said…
hiay eugene, he (was 5) realized the minute he chomped down on it.eeeeek!
jafabrit said…
if any of you wondering what the heck eugene and I are talking about, check out his blog :)
r.e.wolf said…
Not surprising you won!!! Wow!!!
Michael said…
That is an awesome piece. I do believe it is now one of my favorites of yours.

Take Care
Michael
makuahine said…
Wow that is awesome! You are very talented!