The Making of “The Forager” Portray | Black Bear

It’s sleeting on this chilly January morning as I collect my board and easel. I’m about to get began on The Forager portray. The topic is a younger black bear munching on wild grapes.

Right here’s the picture I’ll be utilizing as a reference. I needed to do a little bit of foraging myself to discover a photograph that captured the intent of this portray. This one is ideal. I’m utilizing it below a licensed settlement with Rick Thigpen, the photographer. Try his feed over at Instagram. As soon as I’m completed with the Forager portray, I’ll come again and add the ultimate pic to this part of the submit.

Reference for The Forager painting by Madison Woods. Photo © Rick Thigpen
Picture © Rick Thigpen

Planning to Paint The Forager

Earlier than I can start even step one of define, there are a couple of obligatory preparations. First, examine my paint. Do I’ve sufficient to complete the entire thing, or do I must make some extra. For this one I’ll want quite a lot of black, inexperienced, and yellow. And brown. Second, do I wish to paint on paper, or paper that has been hooked up to a cradle board?

I made a decision to go along with the board, as a result of it’s lots simpler to border them. And since it’s on board, I can varnish it after I’m completed and put off glass within the framing. In order that was a small venture inside itself, after the gathering and evaluating my paint provide. I make my paints from rocks, clay, bone, and a few plant pigments. However the black I’ll be utilizing got here from soot gathered out of our chimney cleansing job earlier than winter started. The soot made a really good, easy, and deep black. Good.

Mounting Papers

To mount the boards I utilized gesso to the floor of the board and the bottom of the paper. After these dried, I utilized extra gesso to the floor of the board after which put the paper on high, gessoed aspect down. The paper received’t keep hooked up if there’s not an impermeable floor to connect with. That’s what the gesso does. It offers a layer of one thing that may stick. As soon as it was all put collectively, I put weight on high to maintain it in touch. The trick is getting the bubbles out from beneath the paper. In case you’re utilizing a heavy paper (640 gsm) this isn’t a lot an issue. However I needed to make use of scorching press for The Forager portray, and I may solely discover 300gsm within the 16 x 12″ dimension. That’s lots thinner and susceptible to creating bubbles.

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