I prefer to work on a wood panel painting surface. It connects me to the heritage of painting and stands up to my power tools.
It's inflexible nature provides a smooth and rigid foundation for my mixed media paintings. Itmanages the abuse of contemporary painting techniques like power sanding, carving, knife painting and heavy rolling on the surface.
We studied traditional panel building techniques passed down from the Renaissance Masters and have updated them to allow for modern tools and plywood technology. Each of our panels are precision made by hand and takes an average of a 4 days to produce. Jason does an amazing job at crafting these panels which allows me the freedom to paint in any size required.
Artists have painted on wood panels for centuries. Usually selecting wood from their region, drying it, sizing it with an animal hide glue mix and then gessoing the panel about 15 times to provide a surface as smooth as ivory. Painting on wood panels dates back to the 6th century BC to painted tablets from Pitsa, Greece that represent the oldest surviving Greek panel paintings. These were done on hardwoods as opposed to today's plywoods and you can see the cracking over time.