Saturday, January 24, 2009

Helping Hand...


Helping Hand
oil on gessoed hardboard, 12 x 12 inch, unframed
copyright 2009 MaryAnn Cleary

This portrait is an oil painting that I did using gessoed untempered Masonite or hardboard. This is my first time actually using it and I must say I love the surface and the slight texture from the brushstrokes from painting the gesso in opposite directions.

This little girl was at the Lions Den Garden in Suzhou, China. We were climbing around rocks and she was right behind me. I just loved her big beautiful eyes and the bright, oversized coat that she had on. She was determined to walk alone, but her grandmother kept a hand on her.

What are other's experiences with painting on a gessoed surface? I would love hearing your comments.

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