Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 29: Growth Spurt

"Growth Spurt", watercolor on wood, 7" x 5"
My Mom was an artist and my Dad was a cabinetmaker, so painting on wood feels like coming home to me.  I love how watercolor acts like a glowing stain that lets the grain show through.  I even like the way it insists on creeping into the grain to create some unpredictable feathery edges.


  1. Didn't know you could do that! What kind of wood do you use? It's lovely!

  2. Thanks, Jane! I use Joe's Prime Really Good Cradled Painting Panels from Cheap Joe's, but you can also buy cradled wood panels at stores like Aaron Brothers and Hobby Lobby. I coat the front and the back of the panel with clear gesso (I read somewhere that gessoing the back helps prevent warping.) While painting I protect the sides of the panel with painter's tape so I can leave the natural wood sides exposed when I hang the panel. No need for a frame, mat or glass. Pretty neat, huh?

  3. Jane, I've also had really good success painting with acrylic on these wood panels. I like the smooth surface, and again, like watercolor, you can let the grain show through in transparent passages. If you look at my website, a couple of examples are my paintings "Italianate Jewel, Alameda" and "Alameda Gem" in my oils and acrylic gallery. Website is