Gessoing and drawing

I’m feeling very focused on the Red pine tree in my mind right now, and so I’ve moved ahead and created the panel while I’m also finalizing the drawing.

The panel itself is a single slab of poplar that I cut down a few years ago.  As I did with the three panel prototype I created originally, I have decided to leave the edge of the board in its natural state.  But, because of the thinness of the pine, I will not be joining it to any other board for this work.  With the board chosen and planed, I set to work applying the gesso today.

In between coats, and both before and afterward, I have continued to develop the drawing of the Red pine.  I think it is really taking shape, and I’m looking forward to putting down colours and beginning painting.

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