"Ribbons, Cherry and Petunia" Oil on 6x8 canvas panel
I'm always trying different painting surfaces, to see what feels best to me. I had a package of canvas panels, that I didn't think I'd use because I don't like the heavy woven texture. I've tried adding more layers of gesso on to smooth the surface out. I don't care for painting directly onto white though and usually do a thin wash of turp. and raw umber over the dry white gesso. But, it occurred to me that I could just tint the gesso. So, I added some acrylic raw umber to the gesso, until it was a nice gray and applied 2 or 3 coats. It was a perfect color, almost like a tinted drawing paper might be, and very inviting to paint on. I did a little test painting with a piece of ribbon (below), and loved how the paint felt on the surface. I wiped it off... and started again with a piece of ribbon, added a flower.. and then changed the position of the ribbon and painted it again, and so on. Even though it started out as a sort of random test painting, the more I look at it, the more I like it!
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