I am back in the studio and have 20 8 x 8 panels to prep for a new series. They require a few layers of gesso.
After 2 coatings I needed to sand them and was prepared to go outside, wear a mask and sand. The lack of sun and a warm temperature was a bit of a deterrent to be outside for what I was anticipating a long while.
So my new studio assistant solved the problem of a long afternoon and set me up with a new toy: a drywall vacuum sander with hose. The hose attaches to the dry/wet vacuum sucking up the fine residue and makes a smooth surface very quickly.
Two blocks with clamps at the edge of the table creates a convenient holding area for the panel for easy sanding.
With this assistant I was able to quickly go through the pile of panels, add two more coats of gesso and once dry, begin again. My studio assistant I can only afford to hire for about 5 minutes on certain days but this little assistant works like a dream. Both are worth the expense