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Fun with Wood Panel Paintings

September 17, 2017 / by grimwain

At DragonCon 2017, I wandered the art gallery for what seemed like eons.

I encountered stunning fantasy art of all kinds. I found light, darkness, and everything in-between.

But then I stumbled upon something I’d never really seen before. An artist – I admit I don’t know her name or website – had created a large quantity of long, narrow paintings on slender wooden panels.

For me, a guy who has always focused his painting on canvasses, gesso boards, and plain old paper, the idea of painting on peculiar-sized chunks of wood transfixed me.

I knew at once I had to try a few of my own:

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First came The Sorcerer, cold and made of shadowstuff.

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Then came Erinye, goddess of the dusk.

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Next arrived Hallowed, the forest in which autumn forever reigns.

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And at last came Twisted Tree, whose roots reach down into the darkness.

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Here’s a group shot of the first three:

Each of these I made in similar fashion.

I first cut and dried out planks of untreated pallet wood.

I then sanded and primed each plank with a smooth, satin finish.

And then I applied watered-down acrylic paint.

And finally I lacquered each piece.

I admit I loved making these so much, I’ve got another six planks drying on my deck right now. Meaning…more are soon to come.

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J Edward Neill

Painter of shadows

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