Saturday, November 13, 2010

Black Gesso

Today's post shows the beginning of an experiment. I've always wanted to try black gesso and I have a photo reference that I think is just the right image to work well on a dark ground. It's a high contrast photo of a man fishing on the Canal de Midi in France. Shown is the gessoed canvas with a few guidelines drawn in and the beginnings of the block in process.

Meanwhile I've been working on the preparations for the Oak Bay Artists' Fall Studio Tour, coming up next weekend. I've been doing quite a bit of framing, and today spent about 5 hours designing the show and then hanging it. In total I have just over 50 paintings, so you can see why it took so long. I've had my first walk through, by my girlfriend Kerry, and she approved of the placement and groupings. Phew! My only concern is the lighting. I don't have spot lighting in my space, so I'm hoping for two sunny days to augment the lighting that I do have. For more info on the tour, you can double click on the tour brochure in the right column to download a map, and if you're in the area, please drop by and say hi. I'll have a little freebie for anyone visiting the tour who mentions my blog.



  1. The artists tour sounds like quite a project! Will people come trouping into your house? I enjoy reading about the process of creating one of your paintings! Thanks so much!

  2. Thanks for the comment Kathrine. I've responded to your query in the new post of today.