Semi Abstract oil painting, a coastal inlet in blues and greens.
Preparing the Surface
The painting was done on a board that I’d previously gessoed.
Then I hammered and scratched to distress the wood. This left many areas where the gesso had been beaten so roughly it had come off.
I then needed to redo the gesso. I did, and added some drizzled bits of gesso as well.
The result was just what I wanted, an ultra-textured surface to work on.
Once it was dry, it was ready to go. Choosing just a few colors that would give a strong dark with some mid tones and a lighter tone was all I really needed.
It is the Dark, the prussian blue that does the trick here. It provides such a great contrast to the mid tone water blue.