I'm working with Meléndez's Still Life with Oranges, Honey Pots and Boxes of Sweets.
|Still Life with Oranges, Honey Pots and Boxes of Sweets|
A scan from the book "Luis Meléndez Master of the Spanish Still Life"
Yesterday I began by trimming a masonite panel. The original painting is 19" tall but I scaled it down slightly to fit an 18" panel. I applied Golden's GAC 100, Gesso and finally Sandable Gesso toned with an umber aqueous dispersion. I like starting with a toned surface and the sandable gesso allows me to work up a reasonably smooth finish.
Here I've dropped in a background of ultramarine and burnt umber for a rich black and set initial values for the table. Working on a toned surface allowed me to use titanium dioxide Saral. I find it applies much easier than the graphite Saral.