Session #034, Work #025

More drawing today and I did some gesso tests with some inconclusive results. Not much to say about this painting now, this is my third session with it.

The sessions are short, although I have a tendency to feel bad that the painting is taking very long. Which is pretty interesting, when you compare those feelings to all other master artists. Their paintings take a huge amount of time to complete. I’m thinking that my earlier training in Florida has conditioned me to think that speed is paramount. This is simply not true. Especially since I’m just learning again and trying to get skills better. Like Richard Schmid says “Take your time, speed will come with experience”    




My hierarchy of painting importance

  1. Drawing
  2. Value
  3. Edges
  4. Composition
  5. Color



How can I improve the drawing

Drawing is good, I need to fix the bottom right of the base that is way off.

Canvas Gesso Tests

3 coats of gesso
2 coats of gesso
1 coat of gesso
0 coats of gesso

I did four envelope starts tonight. Mainly to test out if the different coats of gesso would make a difference when painting, but I found the quickness of the envelope and its freedom liberating. I should test the accuracy on these before I continue.

As far as the gesso is concerned I couldn’t tell a difference between each canvas although I made only a few strokes on each canvas. I wonder if I will ever see a difference between the coats when I work further into each canvas?

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