Horizon, oil on gessoed panel, 6″ x 8″, 2010
For some time, I have been experimenting with hide glue/mineral dust gesso grounds on Masonite panels. Is it worth the trouble? I think so. This painting is basically a small exercise in playing with scales of value and chroma, but the ground gives it a glow and texture that is quite different from canvas.
I feel like the scarlet red’s not totally working here, probably because it doesn’t go dark enough into the shades, but I’m taking that as a lesson learned and moving on. Maybe later I’ll feel that it does work. The viridian could get a little darker as well. I’m pretty happy with the lights.