recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

last Illusions & Aluminum

November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.
- Emily Dickinson

The leaves were falling on all sides like the last illusions of youth under the tears of irremediable grief. A brood of chattering birds were chasing each other through the shrubberies, and playing games among the branches, like a knot of hiding schoolboys. Every landscape is, as it were, a state of the soul, and whoever penetrates into both is astonished to find how much likeness there is in each detail.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant

oil on aluminum primed canvas
11x14in, 2011

I have been using pure aluminum powder with my encaustic works and today I thought that I would try it as a ground for my oil paintings. I have, in the past, painted straight onto steel but was curious to see how a stretched canvas ground, primed with aluminum pigment, would take the brush and paint. I quite like it so far as application. This was painted fairly thin and I am wondering if, once it settles a bit, any of the reflective qualities of the aluminum will shine through...(in a good way I hope)


  1. Etonnant ce travail avec l'aluminium! je ne connais pas ce procédé.
    De belles couleurs automnales.
    Gros bisous

  2. How's the flexibility of aluminum pigment as a primer? I'm guessing drying time will be increased, or do you need to build a drier in the mix? It looks lovely!

  3. Not being an oil painter, I know nothing about this but can just enjoy the beauty of the painting :) And thanks for those word pictures shared today, too. Our birds are flocking and swirling and screeching in the sky in the mornings - hundreds roosting in the trees and then flying over and around the houses, a heck of a racket but definitely a sign that winter is coming.

  4. This is a good I like that blue sky it is November bright and could be bringing snow some day soon. Those trees are letting their leaves go soon and are bright in colour and almost move for a moment in a breeze. Like the way the landscape beyond is painted. says a lot!