Crabstack by Meg Lyman
~4.5×9.5″ gouache and ink on hot press
More fun with shapes and color!
Blue Crab by Meg Lyman
6×8″ oil on cradled Gessobord
I slathered some thinned paint on it a couple years ago to create the basic shape, and promptly forgot about it. When I pulled it out of the closet to finish it, the thinned paint was obviously dry as a bone. I sized it with walnut oil to help the new paint stick – I’d heard that was a good tool to get new paint to stick to old paint – and laid in the background grey. I let that dry a few days and went in with the colors. I had my hand resting on the dry background paint while working, and eventually noticed this:
Great. I must have rubbed it too much or something. I’ll fix it later. Moved on to another area and found a cat hair buried in the grey paint, which is not surprising considering the fuzzy menagerie that lives here. It’s happened often before and I’ve become quite adept at pulling hairs out of wet and dry paint with a palette knife. I went to remove this one, and with one delicate touch, the knife did this:
Now, I admittedly wasn’t this rough on my previous Gessobord oil paintings, but I am becoming wary of the surface nonetheless. It could be any of the following:
1. The years-old underpainting
2. The sizing
3. The Gessobord’s surface
After stories from Larry and personal experience, I have a fear of inferior gesso, and am considering re-gessoing all the prepared panels I buy. Anyone have experience with these things?
Little Crab I by Meg Lyman
Gouache on illustration board ACEO
OH THE CUTE
This was a fun color experiment. I have concluded that I love purple.
Gentleman Crab ACEO by Meg Lyman
Gouache on Illustration Board
Look! He brought you flowers!