Spent the last two months on large acrylic pieces. Feeling burned out and needing a change and some fun. I spent a lot of that time using Liquatex Burnt Umber gesso as the dark underpainting and used a line of brushes new to me: Legatto brushes from Opus Framing and Art Supplies in Vancouver. I liked working with the both in acrylics.
Next week we are off to Tofino for some plein air time so I thought I should start playing with oils again for the first time this year - expecting to paint with both acrylics and oils ( water mixable). I decided I would try them on surfaces treated with the burnt umber gesso and use the large 1 1/2 inch Legatto bright brush and try to "bang in" colour shapes quickly and bold. The Legatto is quite stiff and holds an edge. It spreads paint thinly or can apply almost like a palette knife. I tried the combination on course linen, canvas and gessoed MDF board.
I layed in a rough sketch using a dark red acrylic marker. Each of the pieces was completed using only the large stiff bright Legatto brush. Each needs further refinement but I was pleased with how the brush handled the oils and once again I enjoyed working on the dark underpainting. Each subject was used in a painting I had done recently in acrylics so I painted from memory and imagination. Total time just over 3 hours. Sizes 8x10 , 11x14 and 12x12.
I will let them sit for a few days, then revisit and reconsider.
|Legatto brush 1 1/2 inch bright
|Red acrylic marker sketch on burnt umber on canvas and colour shapes begun