Saturday, April 8, 2017

New Painting in progress

This next piece is not from my Florida trip but is one I have wanted to do for a while.
After drawing in my subject I start blocking in the background.


Peter Brown said...

Hi Linda

I wonder if you'd be kind enough to explain how you decide on the colour of the gesso for each piece. I note that you've often used a Venetian Red ground, but on occasions you've chosen Yellow Ochre, or similar, as in this piece.

Best wishes, Pete

Linda Besse said...

Hi Peter,
Good question. For this piece I used a mostly Yellow Ochre gesso with a little bit of Venetian Red. I wanted a yellowy-orange color which I think will nicely complement the color of the pheasants and give an overall Autumn feeling. Note: the photo makes the gesso ground look more yellow than it is. The true color is a soft orange.

Peter Brown said...

Aha! I'm interpreting this to mean you let the gesso show through the paint to a degree. An interesting approach, which I may summon up the courage to try myself at some point! Best wishes, Pete