Note to anyone considering gessoing a canvas:Of course, you might take the purest approach and say that an artist should be involved in all aspects of painting ... like Michelangelo. He even ground his own paint ... made and designed the scaffolding for the Sistine job (and did the plaster work to boot!).
Don't ... It isn't worth the bother. It will never look as even or good as a machine made job.
But then to be a purest shouldn't one also cook one's own food ... design and make a bow & arrow and go out and shoot some game, etc.?? Hmmmm ... I'm thinking af a phrase ... ahhhh ... "division of labor" ... yeah, that's it.
I spent 5 hours laboriously hand applying the gesso with a 3/4 inch throwaway brush ... 3 coats ... nice & slow ... trying to "will" the canvas not to shrink. It would have been cheaper to just pay for the g-damn thing (ready made) & get it over with.
So, I'll never do that again ... learned muh lesson ... yup :o|
~ Eskimo in Snow Storm ~
Well, anyway ... that's done. Now on to the difficult part.
The worst part.
I have this to look forward to.
That's my personal estimate of what you need to put into an art work before it begins to look ... more or less ... 'museum quality'. If it ends up looking amateurish (i.e. anything less), I might as well forget about this whole art section ... then ... forget about the whole web site ... then ... shoot myself in the cabesa.
So I will employ the only possible method known which can overcome any lack of skill on my part. I'll cheat and just ...