Paintings by Ethan Cranke

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Saturday, April 30, 2011


4.5 inches x 3.5 inches

Oil on Solid Oak

April 2011

Lightning fast self-portrait, painted alla prima, in the studio, today.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Trees 1 & 2

"Tree 2"
6.25 inches x 7.25 inches
Oil on Bristol Vellum
April 2011

"Tree 1"

3.75 inches x 3.75 inches

Oil on Bristol Vellum

April 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Stroke Meditations Panel Number 5: "Finding The Eye of The Storm"

"Finding The Eye of The Storm"
8.25 inches x 12 inches
Oil on Poplar Panel
April 2011

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

What I Did Today

I custom made this stretcher frame from recycled Douglas Fir flooring, that was originally destined for the scrap heap(such a lovely/useful wood, it would have been a waste to let it go, IMO). I ripped each plank on the table saw for proper width, routed the canvas sides for a raised edge along the perimeter, and mitered the corners to fit. In the above photo, I am readying the first crossbeam.

Second crossbeam...

Using 6 criss-crossing brad nails and glue for all of the joints. In the above photo, you can see one of the corner braces being put into place.

And done... In the above photo, you are looking at a 6 foot tall by 5 foot wide canvas stretcher frame. I, of course, had to stop and rest, intermittently, through out the day; paying close attention to my level of fatigue, and napping when I needed to. All in all, I feel that this day was well spent.

A closer look at my joinery, and the raised perimeter edge that I mentioned...