I have often painted oil and acrylics on black gesso grounds. Particularly on small pieces I enjoy working out from "the darkness". Almost feels like sculpting.
Was about to order more black gesso when Opus Framing and Art Supplies (Vancouver) put Liquatex Burnt Umber Gesso on a greatly reduced price. So I thought I would give it a try and would use it on enough starts to really get the feel for it. All are acrylics, mostly 11x14 on linen or cotton canvas.
|Burnt Umber ground - drawing with acrylic markers|
|Filling large value shapes|
|Carving negative spaces|
|Almost finished 24x24|
|Sketch and early shapes|
|Almost finished 11x14 - details needed on figures|
I really liked working on the warmer dark ground - as compared to the black. Each piece has a greater or lesser amount showing through and the warmth of the umber seems preferable to the cool black.
|Enough small starts of different colour themes to feel comfortable working on this warm dark ground|
So now I want to try working with it on larger pieces.