4.05.2015

Daisy, Studio Tip, Stroke Update


Daisy, Green Vase
6"x 6", Framed
oil on gessoboard

Studio Tip:
I like to paint on panels and boards, and my friend, Doug, built a storage system to hold them. 
Now.... I needed to come up with a way to hold/support them on my easel. 
There is a "lip" that covers up the upper and lower part of your panel.
I tried to sit the panel on the "lip"and it didn't work. It wasn't secure. (it fell down......scary!!!)
So, in my efforts to come up with a remedy, I have found some solutions:
David Darrow  -"My board is 2ft x 2ft x 1/2” birch plywood. I bought a flat, aluminum “bar” at a hardware store, cut too 12” pieces from it, and drilled holes through them both. I set a panel onto it, then somewhere along the top edge I stab a screw into the board very close to the painting. Sometimes the threads hold it in place, other times, the wide head of the screw. 
I have been using this board for 15 years, so far."
Scott Conary -"On my small easel, I've added some bits of wood so that 1/4" panel has something to brace against."

David and Scott made these supports/braces and are master woodworkers! 

Now, I could do Michael Orwick's approach:
He screwed 4 screws; .2 at the top and 2 at the bottom of his easel to support the panel.

Or..... I can just buy one...
Carol Marine - "designed by David Marine - holds the panel still and allows you to paint off every edge with nothing in the way." Carol Marine's Easel


Karin Jurick  the "Paint On" easel comes in two forms: one that fits on your stand-up easel and one that is a tabletop easel. 

 Any other suggestions???

Stroke Up-date:
This is kinda funny....
 This is where I lift almost every day...... pretty intense and intimidating, right?
But the one thing that I had to overcome this huge hill  because I have this thing called "foot drop".
"Foot drop is a gait abnormality in which the dropping of the forefoot happens due to weakness, irritation or damage...." Wikipedia
I couldn't climb up or down that thing without some help from a nearby weight machine....
Curbs were another problem. I had to use the car or a person, (all of which were happy to help!) to get up and down those.

But I conquered it!!!!

Listening to while I paint:
Audio Books:
"David and Goliath" by Malcolm Gladwell

Podcasts: 
The Nerdist, hosted by Chris Hardwick
Here's The Thing, hosted by Alec Baldwin
Artists Helping Artists, hosted by Leslie Saeta
Social Media Examiner, hosted by Michael Stelzner
"Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!", hosted by Peter Sagal
Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper
American's Test Kitchen, hosted by Christopher Kimball
Truth For Life, hosted by Alistair Begg

Music: 
My iPod


Really helpful!:
I am continually checking a dictionary, thesaurus, spell check, but one thing that has been particularly helpful is the grammar check. Please excuse any errors that I make and tell me! :)











11 comments:

Lisa Husar said...

Congrats on your achievements, Annie - that's awesome!! You're an inspiration to us all!!

Pam Holnback said...

Love the easel ideas. But, especially like to hear your health updates! And, so thrilled for all of your successes.

Annie Salness said...

Thank you Lisa and Pam!

Ken Swinson said...

i'm going to try the idea of adding a few screws to my easel. Great ideas, and CONGRATULATIONS!!
Thanks for sharing!

Annie Salness said...

Hi Ken! Thank you!

Maria Bennett Hock said...

You amaze me! so upbeat and such a positive attitude! Love your story. Regarding the easel...I have Karen Jurick's and love it. It is a bit heavy and if I were handy I could probably make one...but I am not and I didn't...hers serves me well.

Annie Salness said...

Maria, I'm wondering if I could get a friend to do a easel for me???? :)

Celeste Bergin said...

I think you should just buy the Carol Marine easel! Congratulations on getting up and down those "hills"---love your flower painting!

Annie Salness said...

Thank you, Celeste!

Lisa Graham Art said...

Beautiful painting Annie! I was so happy to read you've conquered the foot drop! Great tips about the easel. I've wondered about that for a long time and never thought to look into it. Now I don't have to thanks to your post. :)

Annie Salness said...

Thank you and I am so glad that was helpful to you Lisa Graham!

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