New Painting on Aluminum Panel – “Macarons”
New Painting – “Macarons”, 9″x12″, Oil on Aluminum Panel
This new painting on aluminum panel, “Macarons”, was the first painting that I have done on this type of surface. In a previous blog post I explained the technical aspects and benefits of using aluminum panel as a painting surface. I decided to try painting on aluminum in order to achieve finer details that won’t be obstructed by the texture of canvas. As an added benefit, aluminum has superior archival properties. I liked that idea, as I am a strong believer in using high-quality materials to ensure a piece of art will last for generations.
Challenges of Using Aluminum Panel as a Painting Surface
I have primarily used stretched canvas and canvas panels for painting. Using aluminum, or any other hard surface like wood panel, presents some challenges that wouldn’t be issues on canvas. First, oil paints seem to become more transparent on harder surfaces, especially when using thin coats or paint thinned with a medium. Paint seems to absorb nicely into gessoed canvas, but on harder surfaces it tends to be pushed around more. This creates the need to apply more coats of paint when using oil paint thinned with a medium. Secondly, fine details are much more obvious and pronounced on smooth, hard surfaces. This is a benefit of using a hard surface, and why I started painting on aluminum, but all of your little mistakes and shortcomings are much more pronounced than they would be on canvas.
This was my first attempt at painting on aluminum. After completing this work, I have learned that there are some adjustments that need to be made to my technique when painting on aluminum. I was happy with the fine detail that can be achieved on this hard, smooth surface. It takes more time and a lot more work to complete a painting on aluminum, but I feel the end results are worth it. I will definitely continue using aluminum in the future for my smaller scale, detail oriented works.