Red Grapes in Glass Bowl
5 in. X 7 in. (12.7 cm X 17.8 cm) acrylic on gessoed board
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The surface I paint on is very carefully prepared. For the small paintings, 1/8 inch Masonite® board is prepared with usually five coats of gesso with each coat sanded to a smooth surface before the next coat is applied. Sometimes I use a colored ground over the gesso. Colored grounds are usually a deep Bolos Red or a deep Blue Green depending on the ambient light in the painting I’m going to do. The colored ground concept goes all the way back to painters in Venice during Renaissance and Baroque periods of history. This Grapes painting, however, was painted directly on the white gesso surface.
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