Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Gesso


Typically I make my own gesso using chalk from Bologna and Rabbit Skin Glue. Gamblin makes 'Traditional Gesso' (pic above) that works great especially for larger pieces. The marble dust keeps the particles from clumping and I had to do very little sanding.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Working Larger


I usually work in a smaller format. In New York City, space is at a premium. These newly gessoed panels are 24"x 24". I am hoping it will facilitate my figurative work achieving a higher level of detail and logic.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Various Nuts


I have been playing around with different mediums this week. I typically work up with Gamsol and then more and more walnut oil to adhere to the 'fat over lean' rule. I tried some sun thickened linseed which gives a nice glossy finish without being too overly 'varnished' looking. For the matte look the Cold Wax was easy to mix into the paint. In the past I had worked with beeswax pellets melted on top of the painted panel but this is much easier to work with. I will give both a go with this semester's work.