Yesterday I spent most of the day at Peter Gibson Smith’s studio. Peter helped me with my traditional gessoing for my circular pieces for my exhibition. I am using the traditional technique using rabbit skin glue and whiting. I really enjoy the tedious process of this preparation…which some may become frustrated with. It took me approx 5 hours to gesso 4 circular boards – each having 5 or 6 layers. The gesso gives a really beautiful surface to work on, especially when using egg tempera.
I guess some would state that using this type of material in my painting is in keeping with my taxidermy pieces. Although that was not my intention, it is a good observation. It is just a love for the traditional methods and trying new techniques.
I have spent most of the day in my studio today. I have 5 paintings underway now and looking forward to seeing how they turn out. I have decided not to plan these too much, as before my paintings are about 80% planned before I start them. 2 of the 5 pieces are for the Braveheart Youth Trust art exhibition. My deadlines are slowly creeping up on me, so I will have no social life for the next 6 months…well not much of one…focus, dedication and discipline are key for the coming months!