|March Storm Clouds, digital photo edited to darken the clouds|
Storm clouds have a fascination point that quickly disappears as they roll by. The picture reminds me of a sky monster ready to spew out rain while the branches of the trees below are at the ready to fight any destruction. The moving texture, the depth and color changes are the key points that inspire me. I think that may be why I like gesso skins so much, the dry gesso on the inside of the gallon jug and lid.
|Gesso Skin Abstract in Progress, 12" x 16"|
The second photo is such a project that's been in progress for a few months. I arranged the gesso skins on a background, (sometimes plain white), and then observe before I apply more gesso, objects and/or color. I'm not sure about if I will change this one because I like it the way it is.
Familiarity from looking at it so long or true admiration are questions that will be answered one day. Maybe. One of the problems is size. I need three or five gallons in a five gallon bucket to create the gesso skins I want to work with. That is an expensive budget breaking project. There are recipes for homemade gesso. I will try it out on a small scale to see if that route produces good gesso skins.
Decades ago unpacking brochures at work, I had to remove a type of thick white paper with one glossy side, big sheets of it. I was fascinated by the texture. Indeed, as I recall, I took a piece home for a wall sculpture. One day, I thought, I will make a real sculpture from that or of that paper. I've had plenty of time thinking about the process, materials to use, and, why the image fascinates me. I think its began with the crackle of paper, reminders of the sounds a fetus hears in the womb, and the placenta, once fluid of life, in the air to dry, pieces of direction as opposed to refuse. Gesso skins to me are a renewal of life through their artistic value. Gesso skins breath adventure.