Oil on Arches Paper 9" by 12". This is Jessica Futerman's photo. Angel Island is in th background and behind it way back is the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. This is Powell Street looking North.

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Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on October 22, 2013 at 6:16

Thanks Ruby.   Jessica's photo reference helped me a lot.   Stu

Comment by Ruby on October 22, 2013 at 5:44

STUNNING!!! love everything about it Sutart

Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on July 30, 2013 at 2:07

Sharon, I mount linen on hardboard or plywood.  I coat the surfaces with GAC 100 (Golden's all purpose acrylic polymer) with a 1" foam brush and let them dry.  I then trowel on very thinnly a layer or Golden's soft body acrylic gel and lay my linen on top.  I put a piece of waxed paper on the linen and then use a brayer even out the gel and squeeze out the little bit of extra gel from the edges.  Then I put another plywood or hardboard panel on top and put plastic clamps all around the edges and weight it down with books for a couple of hours.  Finally, I trim off the linen around the edges.  You can either by linen already oil primed (Centurion) in pads of 10 sheets or you can buy it in rolls.   Actually there is a kit for making your own linen panels available that I have seen, but cannot find.  You may be able to find oil primed linen panels in your local art stores to give them a try before commiting.  Linen has a little rougher and irregular texture than canvas.   If it is universal primed (same as acrylic primed) it will be more absorbent than oil primed.   If you want to oil prime your own panels but use lead-free oil primer, try Gamblin's oil ground.  It is alkyd modified oil with whiting and with titanium white pigment and marble dust.  It dries in 24 to 48 hours in a satin finish.   You can coat paper, fabric or raw hardboard. wood, or plywood with it.  If you want to texture panels, either hardboard, plywood or with canvas applied, check my blog on this site.  Stu

Comment by Sharon Casavant on July 30, 2013 at 1:30

I like using oil on acrylic paper because you don't have the canvas weave showing through.  It is smoother.  But it also absorbs more oil!  I have never tried to paint on linen but would like to sometime.  was wondering if you know how to mount linen to frame it?

Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on July 30, 2013 at 1:24
Thanks, Sharon. Stu
Comment by Sharon Casavant on July 29, 2013 at 23:50

like the cable car, natural looking and the tree but the cars on the left foreground a little odd.  I like the car right next to the cable car on the left!!  great job, great painting as usual!

Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on July 25, 2013 at 11:19

Thanks Li and Jim, but I don't really think that this was close to a genius approach.   I was fooling around with this to try and get usef to using oil paint on paper.  The painting itself was not too hard for me with a great photo reference from Jessica and knowledge of the subject matter (I live 15 miles north of SF and lived in SF for 9 years as a medical student and surgery resident).  Most of my surgeries involve a more precise and less exploratory approach, but I am glad this came out well.   Stu

Comment by Jim Haycock on July 25, 2013 at 9:29

Stu, you're a genius!

(Folks, for those of you that don't know it, Stuart is a medical surgeon by profession -- which might help explain that amazing bit of techno-artistry he employed to do this fine and delicate piece of art.)

Comment by Ningning Li on July 25, 2013 at 7:00

Stuart, Thank you for your know-how information. They are so helpful to me. Thank you for your valuable time  of writing them for us too.

Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on July 25, 2013 at 1:23

Thanks Michael.   Stu


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