Friday, August 13, 2010
more experiments with gesso
10x10 pastel and gesso on BFK
We had a series of terrific thunderstorms yesterday. Trees were down and with that, the electricity always goes. In the city it not only effects homes (air-conditioning/light), but traffic lights. After the morning storms finished I tried to go out to paint, but the traffic back-ups on the roads were so intense that it was gridlock. Long way of saying I worked at home on my porch (no air or lights indoor) and played with gesso again. All I could hear was the song of the giant cicadas.
I really don't know what I am doing with this method, but for some reason it has an attraction for me. I think it is the was the work is reduced to essentials. No details allowed. Each time I swipe it with gesso my work is almost obliterated, only to be rebuilt again on the pentimento left behind.
The one issue is that the BFK buckles with all that gesso. Adjustments will be needed. Learning. Has anyone experimented with gesso and pastel? If so, what have you learned?