kent’s locally handmade cradled boards {art making questions part iii}

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Last week we had the most exciting of deliveries: 3 full boxes of cradled boards! I have painted on paper, canvas, and chipboard, but my very favorite surface is masonite. My local friend Kent Winterton makes them for me and they are simply magic.

Kent and his beautiful wife Karen live in his childhood home on part of what was the Winterton Dairy in Charleston (Utah). The old milking building is now Kent’s workshop, where he turns gorgeous wood bowls and makes custom furniture.  He and Karen love eating sushi and spending time with their family…especially their 3 grand-kiddos.

There’s a lot of love that goes into each painting but it starts with craftsmanship of a dear friend.

A couple layers of gesso, magenta & gray acrylic, dance from brush to board. These first few steps for me are simple and uncomplicated.  Thinking and planning their unveiling can be so exciting…such a fun part of the process.

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Why magenta & gray? I like the way the gray frames each piece and the magenta warmly peeks from under the oil paint later.

I’ve seen many landscape painters use an orange under-painting like my friend Karrie Baldwin.  Another friend Carole Wade, paints on black gesso. It really just depends on you.  Try various hues and see what you like best.

If you’d like to try some of Kent’s magic cradled boards for yourself let me know and I’ll get you his contact info.  😉

What are your favorite surfaces? Do you make them yourself?  xo ~ katrina

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