Laundromat on jute #2

Laundromat painted on burlap.

acrylics and inks

23" x 16"

Laundromat ~ mixed media

Clothes dryers in a row at the Laundromat

mixed media: fabrics, acrylics, inks

19" x 11"

Laundromat on burlap

A row of dryers in a laundromat
painted with acrylics and inks on rough jute

25" x 18"

Iron painted on jute

Steam Iron ~ ironing day

oil paints on burlap,  12" x 12.5"

House in St. Louis

A house in St. Louis, an older home,
with its motion-sensitive security lights activated

oil paints on burlap
18" x 19"

Farmhouse painted on jute

Farmhouse with Searchlights
oil paints on jute

18" x 16.5"

I mounted the painting on a board covered with fabric.

Coffee Pot #2 painted on jute

Here is another coffee pot painted using acrylics on burlap. I am enjoying this challenge.

This one measures 21 x 19. I mounted it on a board painted gloss black.

Hard to see in the photo, but the black board shows a bit through the many tiny holes which were left in the coarse jute "canvas" even after two coats of gesso and my typical vigorous application of paint.

Next step is to coat it with a high-gloss varnish. I'll likely use epoxy resin again - the very shiny finish on the rough surface pleases me. I have learned to take the photo first, before making it glossy :-)

Coffee Pot painted on jute

Coffee Pot, painted on a burlap substrate

16 x 15

I will apply a high gloss varnish to this, and mount it on a black background, which will peek through the tiny, scattered burlap-holes.

Stove Top - painted on jute

Stove Top ~ cookware

acrylics painted on jute (burlap)

17.5 x 20

Kitchen Sink painted on jute

Kitchen Sink - acrylics painted on jute

The photograph was taken first, but this will be varnished with a thin, rolled-out layer of epoxy resin, as explained in the post "clothes dryer painted on burlap".

18.5 x 18.5

Clothes Dryer painted on a burlap surface

I painted this clothes dryer on jute, also known as burlap, the coarse material used to make gunny sacks.  I wanted to see how acrylic paints would look on a very very rough surface. The initial result (above) was disappointing; even over a couple coats of gesso, the paint sank deep into the substrate and looked washed out, dull.  A coat of varnish didn't help much. I actually put it aside for many months.  Then I had an idea: try coating it with epoxy resin, rolled out thin.  It popped.  All the elements came together in a satisfying way - the rough, rudimentary substrate, the candy-hued paints, the las-vegas-gloss on the bumpy texture.

Unfortunately, photographs taken after the epoxy resin coating don't turn out well, because of the glare. See next photo - looks darker and harsher than the real thing.

I mounted it on a black board, keeping the jute edges a bit rough, and letting the black backing show through the holes left scattered cross the painting.

The following photos give an idea - but I hope I can figure out how to photograph future paintings on jute to do them justice.

22 x 20

Acrylics on jute, varnished with a thin but effective coat of epoxy resin


And the painting found a new home.

Formation of the Sun

The Sun ~ early stages

10.5 x 11.5

acrylics, inks, muslin strips, gesso

Sun Halo

A halo around the Sun

16 x 15.5

acrylics, inks, strips of muslin secured by copious amounts of gesso

Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque, New Mexico
the I-25 and I-40 interchange

acrylics and fabrics
18" x 16.5"

Flower pod

Mystery flower, ready to bloom

Oils, acrylics, inks, cotton prints

10 x 12

Pink Dahlia

Mixed media Dahlia

Oils, acrylics, printed fabric
12 x 10

Flower in gold

In the series; trying out combinations - 

oils, fabric, old lace, muslin strips, gold acrylic paint for the sky
image is 9.25 x 9.75

Crocheted flower petals

Flower with crocheted petals
oils, inks, acrylics, fabric, crochet
10 x 9

In the Flowerbed series ~ more flower petals fashioned from bits of crochet, painted with 
oils and inks.
12 x 9

I like its texture, but even when gessoed within an inch of its life, crochet is too absorbent for oil paint.  The effect seems dull.  Maybe I will eventually give it a glossy varnish.

Flowers in the grass

Flower opening under blue skies
9 x 12
oils, inks, varnishes, cotton print fabrics

Flowers pushing through the grass and weeds,
in the tangled Alabama spring growth.

oils, fabric, muslin strips, varnishes to keep it all in order
11 x 13

Flower power

Flower painted with oils on layers of muslin
12 x 12

Last one for a while; time to go outside and work on my flowerbeds for real.