I got to thinking about that. The gesso is a flat acrylic paint. I also have an acrylic clear semigloss. So this piece is a test. I have drawn the sketch on Bristol drawing paper. It is my favorite paper for graphite. Then I put on a couple of coats of the clear acrylic thinned with water. The paper buckled a little but I picked up some black and white oil and scrubbed in a background.
Now it’s all about putting the paint down.
I start with the background filling in all those little shapes farthest from the viewer’s eye and fade the color from the light of the moon to black. Taking a second look at what I have so far, the blues seem a little too bright and I may go back and mute them later. For I just want to cover some ground and the spaces filled in.
My basic palate for Light Tamer was blue and orange so on Nightwatch I planned to spin the color wheel and go with red and green. I’m not sure yet how I’m going to color the moon but I think it will be a good opportunity to make some color harmony.
I’m using a little Liquin to loosen up the paint so I can scrub it in then after a little drying I blend with a soft brush. I can clean up the bleed over later with some solvent.
I’m bouncing back and forth between the Hummingbird painting and the Nightwatch oil painting. I put three hours into drawing a background then tore it off and threw it away. This morning I started scratching this idea out and it felt like it was working so I ran with it. Here is the final sketch. I’m going to transfer it to the painting board, take a deep breath, and start laying down some paint.