Studio Work

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!

About Karley Burgs

Artist - Painter, Sculptor Lover of Taxidermy Girl Friday
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