|Girl and Her Cat, acrylic on paper, 14 x 11 inches|
I love to work on paper or canvas that has a lot of texture from gesso.
Some times I will spend a day just getting surfaces ready for painting, and set them aside to dry so they are ready to grab when I am in the mood to paint.
Once in a while the surface treatment will actually give me the idea for a painting. When I use toned or color gesso and randomly spread it out, after spending some time just looking at the surface colors I will see suggestions of shapes and forms in it.
This is an example of that process.
|a mix of white and black gesso|
|starting to find the forms|