edges

I paint on both canvas and cradled wooden panels.
With the canvas I generally use a deep edged box canvas, for two main reasons: they can hang effectively without a frame, and as I use a roller with the wax it is important that the stretcher bars are well away from the canvas so I dont get pressure marks from the cross bar supports
The deep edges get loads of marks and build up of paint and wax,, and tgere is a decision to be made about painting them. With these 4, 2 were unpainted at the beginning,nand 2 I had painted a greyish blue at the outset. All 4 were very lumpy, fingermarked and smudged. So I painted them red and green, in a semi transparent mix of oil and wax. I wanted the history of the work to show, but them to look finished. If the eventual owner doesnt like them like this they can frame them
The wooden panels I protect with masking tape, then remove, sand and wax for a sharp finish. In these photos I have just pulled off the tape and not yet sanded and waxed the edges

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Picasso Posies in the Star Room

I rarely reblog, but these paintings,(the children and teacher too) are inspirational, moving and beautiful

Synergeyes

Picasso Posies by Mykel Picasso Posies by Mykel

Picasso Posies by Nitra Picasso Posies by Nitra

Picasso Posies by Dylan Picasso Posies by Dylan

Picasso Posies by Lila Picasso Posies by Lila

Picasso Posies by André Picasso Posies by André

The children started by looking at Pablo Picasso’s “Hands of Peace”. We talked about the bouquet and how the hands were holding the bunch at the bottom. Using a pencil they drew three circles with petals around two. They then painted in the flowers and stamped petals on one of them. Using the tray in the watercolor set, they mixed several different greens and painted the stems, leaves, and other greens in the bouquet.

On another day they were read “The Colors of Us” by Karen Katz. We compared all the beautiful shades of our skin, and then chose a piece of construction paper that came close to matching. They traced their hand two times, carefully cut them out, and glued them to their paper to show they are holding the…

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