A Place to Put My Coats


I recently started on a project that is different from what I normally do.  I’ve been doing a lot of  yard-saling lately searching for storage shelves for my studio.  I found this old–well, I’m going to call it a coat hanger.  It was priced at $5, but I payed $3. 


I removed the nails that were for hanging things and removed the panel in the middle.  Then I sanded it, and primed it with white gesso.

It’s not often that paintings are functional, so I thought it would be cool to paint something on the panel.  I found a reference photo, and drew my version of the scene on the panel.

After drawing the image, I sprayed it with fixative to keep the pencil marks from coming off when I applied a layer of burnt sienna.  I like painting on a layer of burnt sienna for two reasons.  First, it is a mid-tone so it helps me to accurately see the true values (lights and darks) of the colors I use.  Second, sometimes the burnt sienna shows through a bit in the final painting, and it looks pretty cool.

I began to paint the colors using acrylic paint.  I will probably switch to oil paints later in the process, because I think that they are easier to control…but we’ll see!

I do realize that it’s a bit early to be thinking about coats, but when the time comes, you can bet that I’ll be prepared!  In the mean time, I can use this thing for bags, and other stuff like that.  Stay tuned for the results of this project.  I plan on using a top-secret technique to add some texture…but I’m willing to share it with you!

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About Melody

My name is Melody Martin. Check out my art blog, and learn all about the steps and techniques that go into oil paintings.
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4 Responses to A Place to Put My Coats

  1. Holly Niphakis says:

    Oh goody goody…I love top secret things…when they are not dangerous! 🙂 Looking good.

  2. Melody says:

    I can assure you that this technique is not dangerous!

  3. arrynvogan says:

    That looks awesome! I can’t wait to see the final product.

  4. Dad says:

    Hey Mel
    I really like how you took something that once had value but was discarded and are restoring it to give it new meaning and purpose. Very cool!
    dad

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