Work in process
6x8 oil on canvas
This series will allow me to work on different surfaces.
The first few will be on black gessoed panels.
I feel it important to use the gesso and not an
acrylic black paint. The reason?
It needs to be slightly porous to grab the oil paint
and gesso is made to work that way.
A handy and easy to make guide for
making a "same size guide" for helping to design
the composition. Frames from the Dollar Store
with the paper taken out and glass left in.
I have several for each size of my canvases
this is a 5x7 but with the frame is exactly 6x8
The grid is divided by the usual rule of thirds.
with a marker.The circles are for
possible focal areas.
Doing this really helps me design and
find the focal area and also eye flow pattern.
I am holding it directly over the photo here.
I can move the frame back and forth to find
a composition I like best or rest
it right on
the photo like shown here.
I try it in a vertical position and do the same thing.
Having the frame helps me see it clearly with
Using it for a still life works the same way
Only better -because you can mark off the
spacing of your object with a marker
Yes, you can buy a product already made
but I enjoy having them
match the size of my canvas.