|July 26, 2008 photo by Jane Johnston|
It's been quite a journey. So many people and businesses have come and gone in that time. But we're still here thanks to everyone who's supported us and our endeavors. We're in the midst of a complete store remodel and are introducing new lines of products in the coming months. Please continue to spend your dollars locally and we will continue to be here for you!
The line includes rare, beautiful, and proprietary colors, such as Blue Ochre, Mineral Blue, American Umber, Genuine Verdigris, Ultramarine Green and Lemon Ochre. Their unique processing of pigments ground in double refined aged walnut oil offers many special benefits: higher absorption rate (large pigment load); clarity of color; non-yellowing; even drying (less likely to wrinkle or crack); and UV protection.
The refining of the oil also enhances the drying and the handling properties of the paint. The oil gives the paint a good flow while, at the same time, the paint stays put and holds the stroke. Walnut oil based paints are completely compatible with other oil paints and drying oils including linseed, poppy, safflower and others. Each pigment used has the highest permanency rating and is chosen for its natural beauty as well as its practical application. East Coast Colors adds a new and important dimension to the painter's palette.
"It is my philosophy that craft in painting is everything that you do before the brush ever touches the canvas. In my own studio practice, color has been my main obsession and the reason I began making my own colors. I wanted pigment rich paints and colors that were not commercially available in tubes. I'm excited to be sharing East Coast Colors with my fellow painters around the world."
Old Wood Studio wood art panels are the best crafted in the United States. If you paint on wood, compare quality and ask us about our competitive pricing. Old Wood Studio makes Baltic birch faced 1/8" panels in all sizes, cradled (on Wisconsin basswood) and uncradled. Larger cradled panels are braced with 8" corner braces and H or single middle braces. The workmanship is exceptional. We gladly take custom orders- delivery 7-10 business days as everything's made to order. Our prices are very competitive and can be ordered any size up to 60"x60"- minimum 2 panels per size.
*Note: sizes over 16"x20"/15"x30" are standard 1/4" smaller on both sides- full size by request.
Our cradled wood panels are manufactured from select kiln-dried basswood for the cradled frame and fine sanded 1/8" 3-ply Baltic birch for the face. The hand-selected basswood is very stable and is milled with a non-directional grain that prevents structural warping. The cradles are as beautifully toned and smooth as the front surface- so they are attractive without frames and the treatment can be continued around the edges with confidence. The 3-ply birch face is cross-banded which adds strength and stability and resists warping.
Artists have been painting on wood panels for centuries. Many old century paintings have survived because they were painted on wood. Wood panels are far less flexible than other surfaces, with virtually no movement that might crack the artwork over time. They're also lightweight, easy to handle, a joy to frame and ideal for shipping. The firm consistent surface is perfect for smooth blending of colors, fine brushwork, and minute detail. Although priming is not necessary for some applications, the panels can be primed with standard acrylic gesso.