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.

'til next...


Karen Fox said...

So you leave the cheese cloth in? Does it give you the feeling of canvas?

Frank A. said...

HI Karen..
Yes, the cheese cloth is left on and covered with the gesso.

Canvas.. In a sense it does give the feeling of canvas. I find it 'sharper' to paint on. As apposed to canvas, the c. cloth can be manipulated before it dries in the gesso. Thus a irregular pattern unlike canvas is achieved.
The bottom line,stick with canvas unless you are in an experimental mood and just want something different. :)