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Oil painting by  John Beeman


ridgeman gesso technique

The versatility of the gesso technique allows a systematic and controlled progression of the subject.

The following painting of a jar is an example of a very detailed painting however Gesso panels also are excellent for more vigorous and direct painting techniques.

The reflective qualities of the white gesso is a huge advantage to the artist in that the light falling on a painting travels through the layers of paint and is reflected back giving the painting a luminous quality.

Gesso has sufficient “tooth” to provide excellent stability both chemically and physically while allowing the application of fine detail when and where required.

View the technique gallery and the process that artist Stacey Conridge has taken.