A Peek into the inner workings of Col Mitchell’s Cedar Raven Studio and Art Practice

 Explore process videos, studio tools & materials, eco-friendly studio practices, plus sneak peaks and #studioleaks of works in progress and behind the scenes show preparation and activities.

Artist Materials

 Materials

Top quality professional artist grade paints and gels, which include UV protectors,  are used exclusively.
Papers are selected for each work individually through consideration of several paper properties:  

  • Basis Weight (GSM),
  • Bulk,
  • Folding Endurance,
  • Porosity,
  • Sizing / Cobb,
  • Smoothness,
  • Stiffness,
  • Stretch (Elongation)
  • Tearing Resistance.
Canadian made.

  • Gallery wrap style of 1.5″ depth.

Panels

  • kiln dried pine or basswood frame
  • 1/8″ wood laminate face panels with birch veneer.
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#StudioLeaks




The following images showing here update as I share on Instagram.

Works in progress and other behind the scenes activities are captured on my iPhone while in the studio or on site at shows. Follow me at @ColMitchellPaperArtist on Instagram



 Eco-minded

Eco-friendly Studio Practices & Products which includes reuse, recycling, and appropriate disposal of materials.
Eco-minded Art Practices

Colour is applied  in wash, and line by line, so it is the paper alone that gives it the appearance of thickly applied paint. Paint is the one item used in my studio with the highest capability of adversely impacting health and environment through its production, properties, and disposal.

 “Acrylic polymer paints are safer than oil paints, primarily due to the absence of toxic solvents. No reproducible adverse health effects have been associated with the use of acrylic polymer mediums.” From Non Toxic Paint & Print

Plastic
Ink Pots
Paint Solids

Plastic
I keep a bag in the studio where I pack all the bits of plastic materials that come into the studio such as canvas wrapper, disposable glove packages, etc. Plastic shopping bags are reused or recycled.

Ink Pots
The red grocery bag of ink pots holds a collection of pots used from Jan 2008 to Nov 2011. The larger single pots hold about 1.5 ounces, which are generally used to hold ink mixtures made for larger paintings  of 3ft x 3ft  or more, or for wash mixtures in smaller paintings. If able, these are reused more than once.

Paint Solids
Since 2011 this bag has been used to collect the dries paint left over in mixing plates, its dry form the best way to dispose of acrylic paint. Due to the low paint usage involved in my technique, this very same bag has yet to be filled (March 2014

Re-Use
Re-use
Studio garbage

Re-Use
Smaller medium containers are reused for holding many items. They are also used to hold paint containers upended  when  near finished to get the remaining paint from them, as well as  to prop canvases up from the table surface for addressing the edges and drying. The lids are saved and used as palettes for mixing colours, the paint peels out of them quite easily for re-use. Excess containers are recycled instead of reused.

“GOLDEN

acrylics are packaged in HDPE plastic, which can then be reused or recycled in many areas.”

“Tri-Art  

have chosen PETE plastic for all our packaging, including our tubes. It is fully recyclable, does not leach, and requires less energy to produce.”

Garbage
Garbage is separated further into recyclable paper, burnable paper, and straight garbage. The paint contained in tissue and paper used to remove paint/ink from pen nibs, test wash colours, mop spills/over-spray from washes  is negligible due to watered down state during use, and is considered/saved for fire-starter.

Process Videos

 Process Videos

Speed videos and slide videos offer views on some of the processes involved in my paper/ink fusion art technique