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Maritime Forest

Maritime Forest
Mixed media on cradled panel
©2012 Lucinda Howe


During a trip to Hunting Island a few months ago, I was fascinated by the way the maritime forest changed from dense forest to driftwood in a short distance from the lighthouse to the eroding beach.  For this studio painting, I combined two 12×24″ gessoed panels to create an exaggerated horizontal format to illustrate the progression along the path.

The technique was started as a black drawing using a combination of soluble and non-soluble drawing media (graphite, charcoal, black marker, watercolor pencils).  Matte medium was brushed on to soften the watercolor pencil and seal the drawing.  Transparent acrylic glazes added color for the top layer.   Finally, I applied a wooden cradle to the back of the panel, painted the edges black, and finished with two coats of acrylic varnish.


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How To Make a Cradled Panel

During Open Studio this past weekend, I was demonstrating how to make a cradled panel. The slide show below  illustrates the steps.   I use this technique to add a 2″ wood frame on the back of paintings on wood or masonite panel to give a look similar to a gallery wrap canvas.  The edges are finished with black paint.

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