Watercolor on a Gessoed Surface
This is an unfinished experiment. I’ve been playing around with watercolor on paper that I’d previously coated with gesso. The advantage is that nothing is permanent – and that’s the disadvantage too. As soon as you touch the surface with a brush the color lifts, making layering tricky. I’d like to refine this a bit, because the lines are too harsh, and it ages the subject (who happens to be my husband!) but now I’ll only go back in very carefully. I need to work on the background as well, but that’s less frightening. As usual, the format of this blog has distorted this a bit.
I attempted a watercolor and gouache using this same reference photo a couple of weeks ago. You can see it here.