4/24/09

COUSINS

Painting on gessoed watercolor paper is a close cousin to painting on YUPO paper. These geraniums were fun to paint on the gessoed surface, but their clay pots were even more fun. The paint seems to sit on top of the gesso, and the colors mingled with each other before they dried.

Texture can be easily played up on the gesso (click on the photo to see the textures enlarged,) just like it can on the YUPO surface. Next week a group of artists will be exploring how to paint creatively on YUPO at the Middletown Arts Center. Their facility is tops, and I'm looking forward to teaching, as well as learning, from all the artists in my workshop. I plan to post some of their paintings when I return. It will be a good week.

"OUT OF THE POTTING SHED" Transparent Watercolor on 140#CP Fabriano Covered with White Gesso, 21 x 14"

17 comments:

Dawn said...

very nice, good idea Sandy!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Very nice textures, and I like the light and shadow.

S*Ja Znaju, Scrappar Liv said...

I like it, and this next week coming I will try it , I am going "on retreat" by myself for a whole week, just painting stuff with me. No computer, lovely!!!

Carol said...

Looks great!

Sandy said...

It is always such a delight to open your blog. You always have something exciting to share.
This painting on gessoed w/c paper with its beautiful light is just perfect....and just the reminder I need to get the gesso onto some w/c paper.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Yes, before I obtained my YUPO, I tried watercolour on gessoed watercolour paper and it was fun and left that special light to the painting. Glad to see you working with the wonderful flower world. I'll win you all over to my love of floral painting one of these days. Lovely composition and admire that really dark background. Enjoy your workshop.

shicat said...

Thank you for sharing. The painting is lovely. When I enlarge it I see a texture that almost appears similar to granulation?Can I use Gesso on Arches 140# cold pressed. Have you tried any other texture mediums?

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Sandy, I like your design and feeling of light in this painting. I was particularly interested in your color plan. The dark ground certainly enhances the dancing reds and greens!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Hi to all you wonderful artists who take time to make comments, They are so appreciated.

Cathy, You can use gesso on any paper surface that can withstand paint. I usually use Arches, and once the surface is covered with gesso, the original surface is history. The gesso seals the paper completely, and the textures created when applying the gesso will affect the w/c, too.

Some people apply up to 3 coats of gesso, sanding it in between each layer after it dries. I'm not that patient. I brush on one fairly heqavy coat, diluting the gesso with the water in my brush....use an old brush. Make sure every bit of the paper is covered. Sometimes I try to soften the brush strokes with a cloth or create textures with a cloth before the gesso dries. I let the gessoed surface dry over night be4 pantg on it, too.

Granulation medium by Winsor Newton can be useful to use to enhance the textures of the paints on gesso, but does an even more significant job of making textures on the smooth YUPO surface.

Peggy, The color plan was to enhance the warm colors of the flowers and pots with the cools in the shadows and background. The value plan was even more important to make the effect dramatic. I usually think warm/cool versus specific colors.

Headed to the workshop.

Laura Trevey said...

Sandy!
Thanks for visiting my blog... It brought me to yours! You are a lovely artist... I will visit often :) Enjoy your weekend,
Laura

Laura Trevey said...

I love Yupo paper as well!

Suzanne McDermott said...

No wonder you had so much fun painting the pots. You absolutely nailed the texture and color (but that's no surprise). But the geraniums are marvelous, too - especially the leaves. A Maudlin variation on one of my favorite themes (geraniums in clay pots)!

caseytoussaint said...

Wow - I love the way you did those pots!

masmoulin said...

very nice

Cathy said...

The light is extraordinary!!!! I didn't know you could paint watercolour on gessoed apper! I have to try that!

Sandy Maudlin said...

SO glad you stopped by, everyone. Hope this encourages you to stretch a bunch and try new things.

Sandy Maudlin said...

SO glad you stopped by, everyone. Hope this encourages you to stretch a bunch and try new things.