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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Citrus and Crystal

I had an 8"x8" piece of clayboard which was meant primarily for oils or acrylics, but I wanted to use it for watercolor.  I went ahead and did my drawing on the clayboard and then put a very thin coat of acrylic gesso over the drawing.  It was so thin, that I could still see my drawing through it.

Painting on gesso is a lot like painting on YUPO paper - the paint lays on top of the gesso and can be lifted very easily back to white.  That was the challenge in this painting - I had to be very careful not to work the paint too much because then I would lift to the surface of the gesso/clayboard.  It is also very difficult to get darks, which in this painting, was a major compositional element.  It will have to be sprayed with a fixativ or acrylic spray because the paint will lift if a drop of moisture would fall on it.  I did touch some white acrylic to the left side of the bowl because I failed to save my whites there.

This is painted  from a photo from the Wet Canvas Reference Library.


Ingrid Ormestad said...

This is a beautiful painting and it's incredible it is done on board and not watercolour paper! :)

Barb Sailor said...

I am so glad you like this painting, Ingrid! The clay board covered with gesso, makes the painting more of a challenge as you suggested. It is much easier to control the watercolor on paper than on the gessoed board - but - I love the effect you can get on the board which is different from the paper, don't you think?

Nancy Hawkins said...

Hi Barb, very inspiring piece. I especially admire how you painted the doily and the crystal. The lemons are lovely too.

Debbie Nolan said...

Barb - your painting is lovely - it would be difficult I am sure to get the darks right but you certainly did. Thanks for sharing.

Barb Sailor said...

Nancy - thank you for your wonderful comments - your remarks are very meaningful to me coming from such an inspiring and inspired painted as yourself!

Barb Sailor said...

Debbie - thanks for taking the time to visit and to comment - your remarks are very appreciated.