second day work in progress Day 2 Koi attempt to climb the falls and my next “monet” painting

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Koi Painting work in progress painting…

Trying to pull together several painting so they can be finished, one for a customer, one for a show and one just for me.

Below you can see several paintings I have sitting about my studio space… I am working on all of them at once…. trying to get them either finished or started.   I work this way sometimes because its best to let some paintings sit rather then work on them too long.  They become over worked and stagnant if painted for hours and hours.   One is an oil painting which I just need a few adjustments and it will be complete…  its the water painting with the yellow trees.  The next looks like a light blue and purple combination, its also a water painting and we do not know where its going but I have a pastel kinda monet feeling for it so it will start in that direction.

The one on the floor is the one I started yesterday and I  will work on it today.  Its the only watercolor in the bunch so I’ll have to clean my pallet before I start painting it again.


This painting is sitting on my back porch to dry Its a combination of Gesso and watercolor painted on canvas.

Adding texture to the ply wood (step 2)

When preparing your wood for panting, you may wish to add texture. Sure you can add texture with paint but paint is a bit expensive and Gesso is usually less expensive.
Here are just some of the tools I use to create texture with Acrylic Gesso. A cake decorating spatula, (or a large palette knife) paint brushes, plastic lids of various sizes. Anything from a butter container to a coffee container will work fine. Your hands, rags, rubber shapers, (you can make your own from ink erasers) & various types of nap rollers, smooth to rag, it all depends upon the effect your looking for. Really anything you have around the house can add texture, just look around and find things you would like to introduce, such as lace, screens, webbing, fabric,  & stamps, etc.

In the two examples you can see the variety of looks you can achieve. The first is my pencil box which I have painted in watercolor on textured gesso and sealed it with a clear gloss, the other example is a block of wood covered in gesso, sanded lightlyt and also painted in watercolor but this time sealed with a matt seal coat.

It would be a good idea to try both and see what combination fits your style.

This is a close up of gesso on the spatula doesn’t it looks like frosting?

You may want to put the gesso on the reverse side of the spaula, it makes it easier to apply.

Below is a rubber shaper, you can push the gesso around before it dries or use it to pull gesso off the surface.

Palette knives can put small lines of gesso on the canvas or wood panel if the gesso is applies from the side.

Scumble anything over the surface and it will skip making some really great texture.

Here I’m going for  the look of water..

Using the very smooth roller I’m making almost no texture I want this area smooth for  the figure.  Too much texture can be distracting,  try to find a bit of balance in your piece.

Here I have applied tape to the wood and after painting gesso over it, pull it off to leave a negative shape

In the photo below, I’m using a small butter container lid to put the gesso on in large swaths. You just have to cut the roundness off of one edge and create a nice curved or straight edge so the gesso will roll onto the wood.

This is the final photo showing how the Plywood looks. When it dries it will be ready to paint on or draw if that is your choice.