the art of something

Tuesday 17 January 2012

creating textures on gesso, wood panels - artist studio

traditional gesso on panels - artist studio

textures, gesso on wood - artist studio

traditional gesso on panel - artist studio - works in progress

traditional gesso on some wood panels, scavenged offcuts from last year. these panels have dried very slowly during the cold, damp days of winter, but the surfaces feel cool and delicately smooth, and when the light fades i get even closer to the surface.

it’s a start, a new beginning, the art of something, in the slow accumulation of many (disjointed) hours of preparatory work. i like working with patina – and i think i’ve been in a dark place like this before.

please note, no ‘flour’ was used in this process – it is an old kitchen storage jar now used for keeping paint brushes in (as it has a wide neck)…

p.s. someone borrowed most of my words and there is little hope of them being returned any time soon…

3 thoughts on... the art of something

  1. Miles Davies

    What type of wood are the wooden panels you have here Jazz. I am painting acrylic on 6mm gesso covered ply, and I get quite a bit of warping from the amount of moisture being absorbed by the wood.

  2. Jazz

    you might need to brace the panels on the back, depending on size/dimensions, also a crossbar, and/or seal & prime both sides (and edges) before painting to prevent them warping (esp. required if using MDF)

    ply shouldn’t warp as the wood veneer layers are laid down at right angles to prevent this happening

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