Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Start 26 - Experiments





I've been messing around with black gesso — just as I was on the verge of giving up colored grounds entirely, I decided to try a few with the jar of black I've had lying around.

They're just quickies, painted on cardboard, but I really like how they turned out. The paint has a more glossy look to it than usual. I don't see how the gesso itself could have affected that, but possibly I'm putting the paint on thicker in order to be opaque enough over the black.

I think sometimes by trying something as "an experiment" and painting on cardboard or a material that I know I can't sell, it lets me take the pressure off enough to try something new. Letting go of expectations give more room. 

Yesterday I saw an artbyte on DPW about painting on black gesso! There have been too many coincidences in my life lately... apparently the universe is telling me something. Something like, "Hey why not use some black gesso."

1 comment:

  1. I like both of these Marla....very fresh looking.

    I paint with black gesso most of the time. Sometimes I use cad red mixed in white gesso, but most of the time, I'm a black gesso girl. Hope you try it again, I love the results you are getting.

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