As we drove along the M7 to Limerick last week, I was taken by the number of trees that are laden with ivy across the beautiful landscape. Not great. We need our trees – as the saying goes “if you want things to stay the same, something has to change”.
It’s one of the things I do when visiting home – cutting back ivy that threatens to strangle trees. I use a pruning blade to cut through thick ivy stems, and carefully prise the stem from the tree using the blade.
As I tackled some thick stems on a redwood back in Dublin, I realised the little birds had gone quiet and a raven was calling in the sycamore nearby. When I’d finished, it took off and gave a great display with it’s outstretched wings.
This year I’ve been developing my own prepared wood panels for my paintings. After a lot of research and experimentation, (thank you Lathams – timber specialists), I’ve settled on higher grade 3mm 3 ply Baltic Birch (low formaldehyde). It’s a fine balance of weight and rigidity that works particularly well for working outdoors. I use 16mm solid core Baltic Birch for bracing the panel, it’s rigid and strong. Continue reading “Working with Baltic Birch Plywood”
I’ve started to paint on birch plywood panels, the plywood is low formaldehyde Baltic birch. I’ve treated the panels with ph neutral archival PVA (4 coats) and then acrylic gesso (front and back). I’ve built a frame to hold wet paintings that will hold 2 sizes of panel. It’s a really nice panel to work with. Once paintings are dry, I’ll brace them with 14mm plywood (also low formaldehyde Baltic birch).