New bird paintings in oil paint on stretched linen are coming soon! Here are photos of a couple with the first layer down. I do several layers to give them a rich and deep effect. The Belgian linen costs five times the price of premium cotton canvas. But it's extremely archival with a beautiful weave and fine texture. I really love it and think you will too. After the first layer dries in a few days, I will add the next layer. Stay tuned for more pictures and available paintings soon.
I am starting another group of paintings on exotic and other hardwoods like cherry and maple. The secret to seeing the wood is a clear gesso. It allows the wood to be painted on while seeing some of the wood grain underneath. Look for another blog post with some of the new paintings soon!