Sunday, May 25, 2014
Spring has Sprung..!
A Side Road Barn 6" x 8" O/P (with cheese cloth ! )
This small painting was an experiment. Not so much in the painting itself , but in the support that this piece was painted on.
In preparation for the painting, I gessoed my small panel as I would normally do. Two coats of gesso, dried between applications.
Before applying a third coat of gesso, I cut a piece of cheese cloth to fit the surface of the panel. I then put the third coat on the panel and (before the gesso could dry) I placed the cheese cloth on the surface of the panel. With the palm of my hand, I smoothed out the cheese cloth, thus adhering it to the surface. I force dried this third coat of gesso with the cheese cloth imbedded into it.
At this point, I must confess the failure of a previous try ! I found out that at this point in my preparation, it was to soon to paint on this surface.
The "loose" laying in of the composition coagulated on the surface as I moved my brush ! It was a "blotchy mess"...! Perhaps, in hind sight, I should have wiped the surface of the cheese clothed panel with a damp rag to remove some of the "sizing" from the surface of the cheese cloth.
How was I to know ?
My solution was to apply two more coats of gesso over the panel.
This section of the painting below shows the texture of the cheese cloth and gesso after painting.