Monday, May 23, 2011

New Work: Grandpa's Carpenter's Plane

If you happen to be around Sacramento California on February 13th please stop by for my opening with David Lobenberg at the Elliott Fouts Gallery. I have over 20 paintings never seen before on display including this lantern painting. I am hoping to make the trip but I am not sure if I can pull it off. Below are the details. If you need a sneak preview please contact Elliott Fouts at

Bellow are the details:

Exhibition Dates: February 6, 2010 through March 5, 2010
Second Saturday Reception: February 13, 2010

This summer I decided to start a new group of paintings that are very different in style and approach.

I sort of reinvented myself. I realize it may be difficult to tell in this digitally image (view the detail for a close up) but my approach to painting has changed dramatically. This new direction allows me to scratch, scrap, splatter and paint like never before. It is as though the paintings are really part of me. I get my hands into the work and move the pigment as if I am creating a sculpture.

The paintings revolve around objects, tools and still life that are from my father, grandmother and other objects that have some sort of unique and historically value to me and my life.

This still life of this old wood plane was left to my wife and I after my wife's Grandmother died a few years ago at the age of 103. She was very meticulous about all her antique items and this old plane was no exception. It belong to her husband, my wife's Grandfather, who worked on a farm in Ohio.

I will be posting more work from this new series in a few days.
This painting is on canvas and is 14" x 18". I used oil, acrylic and tempera to compose this painting.

Detail: (Click to view)


Carol H. said...

Very interesting texture! How do you use tempera on canvas?

Vic said...

Hi Carol,

Thank you for visiting. Tempera can be tricky. If the proper mixture is applied, I add either water or egg yolk to the dry pigment and add it to the canvas as an under painting (almost like a water color). The gesso surface is prepared for this. I then add thick layers of paint and mark the canvas.