Yesterday the clinic where I had my mammogram done called me back to ask me to come in again for another look at my left breast. This has happened before and it was just fatty tissue but the call does give one pause for reflection.
So, I came home and decided that instead of just THINKING about how I would do a painting in a similar style to George Inness, one of the Hudson River Painters and considered the father of American Modernism, I would just jump right in and start one.
I actually ended up painting two canvas boards with black gesso. Now, I spent a lot of time thinking about this while doing my laps in the pool at the gym. I remembered Bob Ross showing this technique on his program. I watched almost all of his painting programs when I was laid up with the knee surgeries. In this particular show he was demonstrating how to create rays of sunlight in a woods.
Inness like to use that diffused light against dark. No sharp edges, making the eyes do the work. It work has a very spiritual look to it.
My two black covered canvas boards sat on top of the deep freezer. John never said a word. I know he was curious.
Today, I added the white gesso at my light source and took it out to the edges then added gray gesso at the far edges.
This all has to dry overnight before I start adding the tree trunks of the woods, this weekend. I'll still be using gesso to create the tree trunk effects.
Once I'm done with that part I'll let everything dry thoroughly and then give both canvases a think coating of clear gesso. Then the fun part starts when I will be adding glazes.
Oh, yeah, I go back for the followup exam next Wednesday. I'll let you know what's up then. NOT TO WORRY, I'm not.