Testing the water
Oil painting by Claire Newell

$182.81 Sold

  • Oil painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 10.63 × 8.66 × 1.18 in (framed) / 8.03 × 5.98 × 0.31 in (unframed) / 8.03 × 5.98 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold framed
  • Signed on the front

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Claire Newell

United Kingdom

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Oil on canvas on panel.
The painting is of two little girls playing on the seashore in the summer sunshine.
Varnished and framed in a traditionally handmade blue gesso frame, please see below for full description.
Initialled on the front, signed and dated on the back of 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.
My 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.

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