Thursday, 9 January 2014


Here is a small study I did yesterday as I am waiting for new canvas to arrive. I painted it on a gesso primed panel and the gesso is so absorbent it is as if the paint dries the instant you put it on the board. Very strange but fun to do something different. I much prefer non-absorbing oil primed canvas or panels where the paint slides over the surface as if on glass.
24x30cm, panel, Study


  1. Sophie, do you use your own oils to prime a gesso primed canvas before you paint or can you purchase oil primed canvas and what manufacturer does that? Thanks! Marsha

  2. Hi Marsha, I either buy universally primed canvas and apply an alkyd oil primer on top (like the one from Roberson) or I buy oil primed linen from Belle Arti. In the UK you can buy that from Jackson’s. Hope that helps!

  3. You can use an acrylic gesso as a "sealer" on the panel, then apply an oil ground, which will give you the paint handling properties you want, on a panel surface.

  4. Sorry for the late reply - but thank you - that is what I do sometimes. Much prefer a smooth, non absorbent oil ground! :)


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