I have been slowly working away on this painting. Learning with every step I take. I found the clear gesso to be really useful. The sanded surface was so slick and the gel/paint mixture I layered initially well resisted anything I wanted to paint over it. The next step will be the hats and then I will call it done. I have to resist going any darker on the boards - I do not want the underpainting of burlap to be lost.
So this little (11" x 14") experiment is taking forever and making me think really hard. It all started with a piece of burlap and me wondering what in the heck to do with it. So, I figured background texture for something rustic. Then it occurred to me. I knew form the minute I saw these three hats and the nest I was going to paint them! Many coats of think acrylic paint and gesso. And many many attempts to sand it smooth. Apparently, I was using too high a grit of sandpaper for this process. Live and learn. On the learning note, you are supposed to use matt gel medium - not gloss. Gulp. Clear gesso to the rescue (I hope). I will let you know with the next post…..