Coloured Gesso City

Today I feel like posting something completely different, from my archives. I was scrolling through folders and ran across these little paintings, which I did as a bit of play to try out some new coloured acrylic gessoes (primer) that a friend had brought back from a trip to the Daniel Smith Company in Seattle. I hadn’t tried working on dark backgrounds before, and found that I really liked it. I had five different colours of the gesso: Black, Venetian Red (which became my favourite), Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, and a metallic gold (which took several coats, but made a pretty, shiny gold).

I started out making some random brushstrokes, just playing with colour and shapes, smoodging (technical term!) around the paint, and eventually ended up with a collection of futuristic city paintings. It was great fun! They are all quite small: either 12×12 inches or 8×8 inches.

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2 responses to “Coloured Gesso City

  1. These areawesome! This kind of art I might even be able to pull off. I have no drawing or painting talent. However, I do have a good eye for balance and color. I really like these! The tones and colors blend so nicely.


    • Thanks! If you have good balance and colour sense, you are off to a great start. Drawing and painting are skills you learn through doing them; nobody is born knowing how! Get some colours (try a set of bright oil pastels) and give it a try! I find this kind of painting a relaxing change from the challenges of drawing (after a whole lifetime of it, it is still work, but in a good way).


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