In my home studio, I focused a small LED lamp on my on black still life stand where I placed:
- dusty old brass kettle that used to sit on a mantle in my parents’ family room
- a wooden cutting board
- a lemon
For the control panel, I added a tea bag. For the copper panel, I added the end of a lemon instead (see the images below). Just for some variety.
I placed my easel next to the still life stand so I could employ the sight-size method of painting from life.
My control panel is an 10″ x 8″ Artefex “AllinPanel” from Natural Pigments. This product consists of fine linen primed with lead white oil that is adhered with BEVA 371 to a two-sided aluminum composite panel. This is my preferred painting support.
The copper panel is also an 10″ x 8″ Artefex panel with a natural (smooth) finish. (To be precise, it is a a copper composite panel, consisting of one copper veneer and an aluminum veneer laminated to both sides of a black polyethylene core). I also have a textured / abraded panel that I will use in a similar setup for the next copper painting. Both are 4 mm thick.
I did not prepare the surface of the panel other then cleaning it with a microfibre cloth (a soft lint-free cloth) moistened with isopropyl or denatured alcohol and allowing it to dry. And I avoided touching the surface with my fingers; oil from fingerprints can interfere later with the adhesion to the oil paint.
In the gallery below you will see: my still life setup for the Control painting, the setup for the Copper painting, and the panels in their original packaging…
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