Braitman Studio's 2015 Summer Art Exercises: #8 Follow-the-Leader Step 1

Today we begin our follow-the-leader project of building a landscape painting. For this first week, you will need to purchase a 40x40” canvas and we will put four coats of gesso on it. You will also need Cheap Joe’s cheapest white gesso, Golden’s Black Gesso, two large acrylic chip brushes and a bucket of water. We will first take one of our brushes and load the paint with a lot of Golden’s Black Gesso. Starting from the outside edges and working your way in, paint the black gesso on the canvas in random strokes, covering all of the white canvas. Let this layer dry and keep your brush in the bucket of water so that it does not dry out. Next, take the Cheap Joe’s cheapest white gesso and once again starting from the outside edges of the canvas and moving in, paint a thick layer of white gesso covering all of the black gesso. Let this layer dry and keep your brush in the bucket of water so that it does not dry out. You will follow this procedure two more times with just the white gesso ending with a total of four layers of gesso on your canvas. These thick layers of gesso will provide us with a lot of strong surface to build our follow-the-leader painting.

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