Building a prototype canvas

With the drawing underway, I’ve decided to also begin working on some ideas I have for the construction of the panel.  Throughout my work, I’ve always thought it was crucial to let the different materials I use influence the finished work so it is time to give the panel a voice within this process!

The panel I built today really isn’t that different from the traditional type I use in my iconographic practice.  The wood, the braces and the surface are all the same.  But I wanted to explore what would change if instead of joining the panels individual boards with glue so that they are largely invisible I left them with their natural curvatures.

Obviously, the painted aspect of the final work will ultimately be the deciding factor in whether or not this approach works well, but with the panel built I can begin to sketch with it in mind.

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