“Melody in Vienna”, 2020

VW Beetle

VW Beetle – C. Joy McCallister

During our stay in Vienna in 1987 I was captivated by this wonderful VW Beetle parked outside a shop on a side street. The moment I saw it remains a vivid memory of our time in Austria. After all these years I thoroughly enjoyed painting My Melody as I recalled our days in Vienna and Salzburg. Gallery – Humans and Their World

Painting on Door and Window Screens

Cottage Screen Door C. Joy McCallister acrylics

C. Joy McCallister – Cottage Screen Door

Painted Screen Window C. Joy McCallister acrylics

C. Joy McCallister – Painted Screen

Painted Screen Window C. Joy McCallister acrylics

C. Joy McCallister – Painted Screen

Here are three window screens I painted at our cottage in 2002. Painting window and door screens is reported as originating in Baltimore, Maryland. Shop owners and residents whose doors opened directly onto a street needed to leave their doors open for a breeze on hot days. This affected their privacy. It was the shop owners who first came up with the idea of painting on their door screens to advertise their wares. They discovered people who were outside and looking in, could not see inside. However, people who were inside could still see outside because the paint had only been applied to the wire facing the exterior of the screen and the screen holes remained free of paint.

Painting on a screen requires a very light touch, and patience. Rushing this will just lead to clogged screen holes, which must be cleared immediately. Otherwise, you negate the purpose of the screen. I used acrylics mixed with a little bit of outdoor paint. I thinned it with a bit of water to ease the application and used a toothpick to clear any holes.These painted screens have lasted 18 years so far and are not showing any signs of fading.

Give it a try! The worst that could happen is you will need to replace your screen. If you choose not to paint on a screen already affixed to a window or door, then the screen must be in a frame of some kind in order to keep it taut while you paint on it. For more information The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore

Watercolour framed without glass

Tulipa

Tulipa, C. Joy McCallister, 2019

Cliffside Shadow

C. Joy McCallister – Cliffside Shadow

For Tulipa, I prepared the canvas with two coats of Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground, Titanium White. Then I painted the design with watercolours and added outlining with a Faber-Castell  PITT artist pen, Dark Sepia 175. After 48 hours, I applied Gamblin Cold Wax Medium with a clean soft rag in a circular motion, including on the edges. I waited 24 hours and applied a second coat and then tested it with drops of water. It repelled the water beautifully. I did this in the spring of 2019 and today, August 2020, it still looks and feels great and also still repels water. 12″ x 6″ on canvas, 2019 Gallery – Up Close with Nature

For Cliffside Shadow, I prepared the canvas with two coats of Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground, Titanium White then painted the design with watercolours. I included a few touches of gold and silver with Schmincke’s watercolour paint and finished the canvas with two coats of Gamblin Cold Wax Medium as I did with Tulipa.