Gesso test Rose

Painting on top of the clear gesso has turned out quite good. The texture is as far from glossy as you can get. It has a flat almost sandy feel to it. I might even fine tune it by mixing in some clear gloss…and that is reason enough to do another small rose painting.

I’m keeping the colors to a minimum here. Red of course with orange on the light side and purple on the dark side.

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Testing clear gesso

The Flamethrower painting is a test of using clear acrylic over the pencil sketch and thus and thereby skipping the step of transferring the sketch. My last trip to the art supply store I found two things: The new girl was kind of hot AND clear gesso. Gesso is used on canvas or art board as a primer or base coat. Clear gesso can be applied directly over the pencil sketch and thus and thereby skipping the step of transferring the sketch.

All that being said, or typed obviously, this rose is a test of the clear gesso over pencil. Notice you can indeed see the pencil through the gesso and the step of transferring the sketch was skipped. The hot girl at the art store was not involved in any way.

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Flame Thrower flames

Getting back to the blog, I am still working on the flames for my piece “Flamethrower“. I got sidetracked trying to learn how to paint flames and it is not going well. Self critical? Yes. That is how you get better. If I thought I was awesome I wouldn’t try so hard. So reds, oranges, and yellows in layers and it is all about getting the shapes right. It is getting better but not there yet. Let’s bust out a nerdy management school term; ACTION STEP! My ACTION STEP (always use all caps) is…keep trying.

Hopefully you can see why I painted the dragon’s light source the way I did. If not I should have forced the light more and I may do just that later. ACTION STEP!

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