2010, 12 x 9 inches, encaustic on panel

I'm getting several paintings ready to hang and show later this week, as I decide how to finish the cradled sides.
With work on canvas, it's easy: I always continue the image around the gallery-wrapped sides.
However, for encaustic on panel, I'm considering varnishing the 1 1/2 inch sides with a clear acrylic gloss because I like the look of the wood. My other option is to apply white or black acrylic paint. Decisions, decisions...


david weir art said...

My advice is to keep it RAW dont touch the sides
for me painting the sides is taboo
Kind Regards David

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

Thanks, David.
I feel I must do something, as there are drips on some of the sides, which galleries don't really think much of.
I'm figuring out what to do today...as I sand off the drips and see where I am with it then. Once I decide, that's it; got to keep it consistent, you know?

Pete Hoge said...

I be those surfaces show
in gallery lighting on a
more intense level.

An instructor in my art
school days told me that
a painting should look
well crafted and that the
edge of the canvas should
not distract from the
painting's surface.

I have never had a show in
my life outside of putting
my work online so don't
take my word for it.


Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

In my exuberance/joy of painting, I forgot to tape a few of the paintings' sides, hence the drips on some. They're coming off with a razor and sandpaper, however. (Believe me, it won't happen again- what a chore to get rid of those drips and marks!)
Pete- I agree with that art instructor; the entire painting should be well-crafted, with a very crisp presentation.

Martha Marshall said...

I'm loving this, Stephanie! Yes, I think taping may be the only solution.

And the color for the sides of the panels was an issue for me for a long time. I've been painting them each one color choice that coordinates with the surface. But lately I've been putting black on more and more of them, and like that look.

But for what it's worth, we went on an extensive tour of Chelsea galleries a couple of years ago and I saw many, many paintings with drips on the sides.

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

Well, I've certainly learned my lesson about taping the sides BEFORE I begin. Sounds so simple, and it is really. As an oil painter, it simply wasn't something I had to think about, since I painted the sides as part of the image- hence my oversight.

Painting the sides a coordinating color is a good option to consider. As for painting all of them black- it's one of my top choices. That said, I'm still leaning towards varnishing the wood with clear polyurethane (if I can get all the drips removed); something about the natural wood seems appropriate to the work's aesthetic.

es said...

You can seal the wood sides with Dorlands cold wax. I would test it on a piece of wood first then see if you like it.
Loving the pieces-very nice.

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

Hi es,

I never thought of using Dorland's but great idea. As it turned out, I didn't like the look of the wood after all (after applying a clear coat on some...) In the end, I used a very durable white paint, so that on white gallery walls, the paintings stand out, perhaps appearing to float out from the wall, even.

I'm very grateful for everyone's helping suggestions here and on twitter. There's a great community of artists out there!