My portfolio is now up online! Check it out when you get a chance. Of course, I am adding new material all the time. You’ve got to keep this sort of thing up-to-date! Still looking for the best widget (that is; free!) for displaying the images in the portfolio. I’m searching for something like FlipBook (a flash app) that acts like a real book. For example, as you turn the pages it makes a swishing sound… adds to the overall interactive experience, I believe.
Things have been a little hard on Debbie, my wife, and myself, this week as our oldest daughter, Rachel, has finally moved out of the ancestral manse. I mean, she has fluttered here and there before… but always managed to move back home. This time it’s for real. She moved all her stuff out of her room… looks pretty lonely in there now. Rachel and her man, Kevin, have found a sweet little California Bungalow in the University Heights area of San Diego. The house was built of real wood back in 1924, and even has the separate little model-T garage. We’re wishing these two the best in life!
Check out this link for historic pictures of California Bungalows; http://1912bungalow.com/2009/02/bungalows-1905-1915/
Today I’m working on reconditioning some large paintings that were being thrown out for garbage. What I do is dismantle the canvas from the frame and then paint out the existing picture with white acrylic gesso. Sometimes I might sand the old paint a little bit if it’s built up too much before I apply the gesso. Once dry I’ve got some really big staging for my next painting! The largest one in the picture is 2×4 feet. So you can save hundreds of dollars on what these would cost you at say, Michael’s.
I also save the funky old frames and reuse them if possible. I love the distressed quality some of these frames have… and they are usually perfect for desert landscapes. One more thing… I also photograph the original artwork before I paint over it with gesso. Just in case it turns out to be a priceless masterpiece! (ha-ha) ~ sidestreetsam