I had a good day in the studio yesterday dreaming up a new moon painting. I'm still very concerned right now with creating a rich surface for my paintings. This may vary from thick impasto applied with a palette knife like in this painting or this one (scroll down to see detail pics), or it might be created by scratching back into the paint with a sgraffito techinque, or simply by building up layers of paint. This particular painting I'm working on began with a Raymar canvas panel that had a painting start on it that was unsuccessful. I covered the whole surface with impasto gel using both a knife and a brush to leave textural marks and then scrubbed transparent red oxide over the whole thing to create a warm rich imprimatura to work out of. There are now quite a few layers of paint built up through regular painting, scrumbling and glazing, with several isolation coats in between. I think there will be more work on this tomorrow as I really push to create luminosity.
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