Oil on Canvas, 16 inched x 20 inches

As you can imagine, there are lots of different canvas size choices for a painting. After spending 2 weeks drawing and painting from the same model, I finally experienced the “A-ha” moment, allowing me to decide on a canvas size: 16 inches high and 20 inches wide.

On the easel – After 1st sitting

I had bought some cotton canvas some months ago, and I decided to prepare it for this project. I know it’s a lot easier to make use of already prepared canvas and all, but I do enjoy building every aspect of my project. For this particular job, I built a frame which allowed me to stretch the canvas so I can apply gesso.

There are so many materials to choose from when preparing canvases. One can spend considerable amount of time going through various options. For me, the most important aspect of canvas preparation for oil painting is to ensure 3 things:

  1. Smooth surface – I like little to no texture on my canvas
  2. Low oil paint penetration – There is nothing enjoyable about painting on a surface that soaks up oil paint.
  3. Portable – Whatever the size, it needs to fit through NYC subway.

I look forward to continue working on this painting next week.


A New Beginning

After months of anticipation, I have returned to the Art Students League of New York earlier this week, painting among familiar and new painters at the league. It has been beautiful to paint from life once again as it has been done before the pandemic.

You see, the League and the artists there had survived the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 2018. Fast forward 100 years, we are now in the middle of battling Coronavirus Pandemic, but better equipped to fight thanks to multiple vaccines that are now available–I suppose only time will tell what happens next. At the moment, New York City is preparing all its school students to start 2021-2022 school year on Monday, 13 September, including under 12 year old students who couldn’t be vaccinated.

September 13, 2021 — I spent some extra time with the model today, getting the likeness by moving some paint.

September 10, 2021 — Here is my first oil portrait that I have worked on this week. I chose to work on a small canvas board to test drive all my materials, including some new brushes and colors.

On the easel – 10 September 2021 – WIP