|"Scratching Out a Living"|
6 x 6 Oil on Gessobord
On Exhibit at Randy Higbee Gallery
Today, back in the studio, I tried a similar approach. I had a 6 x 6 underpainting that I started months ago. The burnt umber pigment had been dry for ages and I couldn't find my reference photo, so all I had to go on was a memory of the set-up and the value study underpainting.
I wanted to change the color of the cup so I painted it a similar color to a crock I have which I love painting.
I put paint the Gessobord and then scratched it with the tip of my stiff palette knife, added more paint, and scratched some more. I really like the look of the texture. (If you follow my art approaches, you will know that I love texture...in cp, in pastel and now in oil.)
While this has a different look than the pumpkin, its achieved by starting with a white Gessobord vs an underpainting of burnt umber on Gessobord; and by the amount of paint applied.
This approach seems a lot less like painting and more like sculpting. Very fun!