Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Corner Pub"

Plein air painting this morning was really great because Karen Phipps and I tackled the same corner = excellent discussion on many painting issues such as; is the light warm, are the shadows cool, what temperature is that colored wall, composition etc. And on top of all that, I'm still painting on this smaller size but trying to convey a big feeling. In otherwords, though it's only 8"x6," if painted well, it should command attention from quite a distance.
Amusing and interesting trivia regarding this pub at
8"x6" ($99./$145. framed)
0il on linen mounted on archival museum board


Kathleen Krucoff said...

Totally cool. Love your color scheme and it made me smile to see the "Old Style" logo here....been a while since I've seen that now that I live in Colorado.

Wonder what Karen's will look like...anxiously awaiting her post.

Very nice Susan.

susan hong-sammons said...

Thank you Kathleen. It was a very nice morning to be out painting. So different from our damp rainy spring and bone freezing temperatures of this past winter. It's amazing how one nice day makes me forget all the chilly ones.

Karen said...

I love totally does have that big feeling, and it has the light of that morning too. Okay I promise I'll get mine up soon and will link back to this...this was a good painting day! It is always great to work with you and get your insights as I work.

susan hong-sammons said...

great, I can't wait to see you interpretation of this corner stop!!!

Melinda said...

I really like how you've captured such a strong sense of atmosphere. Really good work. I feel as though I'm there on the corner with you.

Maggie Latham said...

Susan, this piece really has a 'big' feeling. I like the colours and the composition, and the general sense of 'being right there' that it provokes.

I have a question for you about your support (maybe you have covered this in previous post)....
When you say linen on museum board, do you mount your primed linen onto thick mat board? How about framing this kind of support? and do you have to seal the board front and back first with something like Gac 100? Hope you don't mind... Just curious as I am in the throws of my oil painting class at the moment and am researching different kinds of supports.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hello Melinda, I appreciate your comment about atmospher because it something I really work at. I tend to compress my value range even when the painting calls for more dramatic contrasts. This morning looked like a "clear" day so I went for cool shadows and warmer lights.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Maggie,
I don't mind at all the "techie" questions. I've been exploring a variety of light weight and thin supports because traveling with stretched canvas and canvas mounted on hardboard is too heavy for long trips. Also I keep my daily paint gear really compact and light since I'm not strong.

My two favorite light in weight supports are; 6ply archival museum board (multi-media board) or archival gatorboard. The museum board is only good for tiny pieces, 6"x8" and smaller. Both supports can be cut with a utility blade.
I apply Lineco neutral ph adhesive (cosistency of white Elmers glue) with a soft synthetic brush over the entire surface. Place a piece of primed Claussen #13 (double oil primed) linen that is 1/8" larger than gatorboard, cover with wax paper, and smooth with a rolling pin. Repeat until you have a stack of these. Then I lay a hardboard that is slightly larger than my mounted linen and lay a cinder block (or many heavy old college textbooks) on top. I leave it 24 hours.
It's really important to burnish/use the rolling pin or you'll get air bubbles.
All this is 100% musuem quality archival. When framing, I back each piece with white neutral ph foam board or gatorboard. It adds protection and looks clean.
I feel that these paintings are on a stronger support than stretched canvas because those can get poked and dented.
If all this is too labor intensive for you, you can purchase ready-mades from But making them yourself saves you at least 50%.
I purchase the linen in bulk and on sale.

To start, I would practice with just three in a stack and see how it goes.

Good luck and let me know how it goes.

Diane Overmyer said...

Hi Susan wonderful blog. I got to your blog by back tracking your touching on the Sycamore Fine Arts site. I don't know if you have received information about the plein air paintout we are planning for early August, but we would love to have you and any of your plein air painting friends! There will be a competition that of course is totally optional, but a nice way some artists to pick up some extra cash and recogition. Also an artist's reception, and sale with 100% of the sales going back to the artists. All the information can be on under our events link.

Best wishes! Diane Overmyer

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Diane,
Yes, we plan on joining your paint out in August and are really looking forward to it.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you'll do so again soon!

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Great feeling. Love the subject. Very nice.