Here is a quick update on a painting I worked further upon and a slightly larger piece I’ve started. I haven’t been painting as efficiently as I normally do (due to other schoolwork), so the progression and energy has been slow. I am trying to keep myself curious and on track. For the larger piece, I felt a sudden urge to not work on canvas or canvas board like I traditionally do. A while back, I found a large roll of brown paper that I stumbled upon in my garage which was calling my name. I thought of a graphite, charcoal or colored pencil drawing, but then I thought why not paint? So I searched the web on how to treat paper before applying paint to it but couldn’t find much, just several people sharing few different methods here and there. My best bet was to use what I already had stocked up, so it came down to gesso on paper.
The paper itself is slightly heavy but not of good quality or weight. Taping it down, I applied about four thin coats of gesso and waited for each coat to dry, the paper was constantly buckling and giving me a hard time. I remembered that the point of the project was experimentation so I tried not to stress the small details. Then finally came the paint!
Painting on the paper was a refreshing turn, it is a vulnerable surface but the flatness of it is somewhat entertaining. Thin layers of not too wet paint is needed and I found the saturation of color to be less intense. I had to reapply to areas that needed vibrancy. However, I felt free to work without restraint since the area was larger, and the paper didn’t cost me a penny. I doubt that the paper is archival and I’m not sure how l0ng the overall painting will survive, but this simple exercise allowed me to relearn and remember the special properties that paint has. There was less of a worry factor, and the paper also reminded me of a sketchbook so I tried things with the paint I may not generally had tried had it been on canvas.
As mentioned before, here is an update on the painting of Allyx. You can view the beginnings of the painting in this previous post. Enjoy!
And the start of a new painting on paper: