I think I am finished with this one. I signed it, so it must be finished.
Also, please notice I have revealed the location!
Here is the progression.
23.5 inches square. Black gesso.
Under-sketch was in white pastel...then, although I didn't get a photo,
I did an alcohol wash over the pastel to set it.
(I still am not quite sure I need to do that step,
since the pastel is less fugitive than charcoal)
Since I only put one coat of black gesso on,
this is what happened when I put the first layer of paint down:
Can you see those even vertical stripes? Not sure why but I think it is because of grain in the surface of the birch plywood.
So ... I pretty much covered it up with paint and it will be fine.
But! for the next paintings, I will use at least two coats of gesso.
Here are the final stages:
|Headwaters (Tussocks) 23.5 x 23.5 inches oil on cradled birch panel|
Thanks for following along. Much more to come.
Oh, and just to let you know, my husband,
Matt, is making my cradled birch panel supports for these paintings;
they are 1.5 inches deep.
They are beautiful, and so light! Thank you, honey!