36" x 48" x 1" ~ acrylic/mixed media on wood panel
I won't have much to show here for a while. This week I will be working on my painting for Susan's book, and that will be top secret... no sneak peeks! Then I'll start my big painting, which will be one of five (the other four will be smaller) I'm doing for a show in November at The Insiders/Outsiders Gallery. It will be based on a drawing I did a while back. I'm really excited to see it rendered in paint on such a large surface, but I am a bit nervous about the size. This is the largest I've painted since college!
Anyway, in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to show some of the pictures I took of Jol making this magnificent cradled birch panel for me. Although it is a pretty simple undertaking compared to making the amazing guitars he designs, I am so delighted with my tabula rasa... my painting is off to a great start before even being touched by a brush!
Jol started by cutting four 8' pieces of 1" x 2" poplar into mitered-edged sections for the frame and supports. He did this in his shop at home, and then we took the pieces to his guitar shop to assemble the panel using the equipment he has there. After glueing and stapling the frame and back support together, he cut the 1/8" thick birch plywood panel to size and glued it to the frame.
Then, the whole thing went into the Membrano, a vacuum press table with a thick membrane cover that, when closed, suctions airtight to the object inside to work as a clamp while the glue dries.
We left the panel in the Membrano overnight, and then came back the next day to trim it and sand it.
before sanding the back, front and sides (below)
It turned out beautifully! The top, sides, and back are perfectly clean and smooth, and the panel itself is strong and well supported. I have not been able to find pre-made wood panels larger than 18" x 24", so I am so appreciative that Jol is able and willing to make these larger pieces for me. It's things like this that are among the myriad reasons I love him so much!