NOCTURNE , oil , 24" x 24"
NOCTURNE , oil on panel with handmade gesso in 4 layers, framed, 24" x 24"
I did a series of large and small bird paintings and prepared the panels with a traditional gesso... a long process that requires mixing and 'cooking' the gesso, then applying it to all six sides of panel (front, back and four edges), allowing to dry, sanding between layers. I did only 4 layers as any more would have made the panel too thick for my frames. This surface received the oil in wonderful ways.