How the paintings are created.
- The white panel on the left in the picture has been partly prepared
with gesso after it is sanded to roughen the smooth surface so
the gesso will bond with it (you can see the shine on the brown panel).
- It isn't done yet, it takes many coats of diluted gesso alternated
with sanding to make it as smooth and white as possible, allowing maximum
freedom in creating textures and colors.
- This process can take up to a week, at two coats a day.
- Here is a view of the edge of an oil painting. The masonite is about 1/4 inch thick.
- Click the picture to see a larger view.
- Here is the back of an oil painting, showing the label and how the gesso is usually not applied to the back.
- After the gessoing is done, the oil paints are painted on in layers.
Both opaque paints and glazes (a clear tinted medium) are used to achieve
the 3D effect and visionary imagery.
The clear glazes bend light rays, making the light refract in different directions as you move, changing the image and bringing the painting alive with depth and motion.
Painting the panel, step by step pictures
Oil Painting Tips
First - Preparation
- My paintings are oil on standard (untempered) masonite
panel (brown panel).
- The gesso is put on to isolate the oil paint from the oil in the panel to ensure permanency and color control.