A Day in the Week of an Artist

thisWeekI only display available works of art on annrea.com.  Why annoy collectors showing them work that they cannot have?  It would be like finding the perfect dress or home and then discovering that it's sold. And most of my available inventory of original oil paintings offered on annrea.com are field studies.  The large-scale commissioned paintings that require these field studies are now in the hands of the art patrons who commission the series.  Field studies, meaning that I created them in the field, are studies created in and of the vineyards. Many field studies continue to provide inspiration.  If they perk enough of my artistic curiosity then I will explore and reinterpret them on a larger scale in my private live work Pacific beach studio in The Presidio of San Francisco. This week my studio is clean and purged and I have a number of large museum boards primed and ready to paint.  This is a new support that I’m looking forward to trying. A support is the surface that the paint is applied to.  It’s often stretched canvas but it can be canvas board, wood board, or paper. These are museum series gesso boards cradled 2 inches deep.  That means that they are wood with the face prepped with a substance called gesso, the under-painting of original oil paintings.  This wood board face sits on top of a cradle that is flush on the sides.  It stands two inches away from the wall creating dimension so that my collectors can display these oil paintings with or without a frame. I start with a piece of charcoal to draw the composition of the painting and to plan in my head fields of color.  They are not vineyards in my mind, they are shapes and forms described as charcoal lines and they reflect my mood when I draw them.  These charcoal lines will be mostly swept away with the paint on the brush. Above is a peak at my artistic focus this week.
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