Large oil on canvas, depicting two boats in the warmth of the afternoon sunlight. The colours of the boats are reflected in the water of the harbour which also reveals a rope covered in seaweed bobbing in the slight swell. Although the subject matter of this painting is boats in the water, it is more an exploration of the abstract qualities of the patterns, colours and rhythms in the reflections. This oil painting is in a traditional handmade gesso covered wood frame, finished in a hague blue colour to compliment the painting.
As an artist I was constantly disappointed with the way modern made frames would look with my work so I began to explore old techniques and recipes.
Frames are constructed from top quality hardwood using best quality glue with strengthened corner joints. Once sanded, the frames are finished following a process which pre-dates the renaissance and is thought to have originated in ancient Egypt.
The frame receives on average eight coats of gesso (natural hide glue mixed with chalk) and is allowed to dry. It is then sanded and polished. Several Coats of Clay bole are then brushed on and also polished.
Finally the frame is then given a protective coating of bees wax producing a unique soft velvety finish.
Oil Paint, Varnish