anyway, its a BIG canvas! bigger than my last one.
i started playing with it the other day with some papers collaged on it and a light coat of gesso. i liked some of the color peeking thru, for sure, but after seeing the texture of all the lines i decided a thick coat of gesso had to happen.
then i started sketching. i decided this one would have a dragonfly and free-form lotus and leaves. the leaves have a lighter layer of gesso underneath, so they have some of the color and lines going on and i like the effect.
i sprayed india inks on the still wet gesso areas, and sprayed water to get the color moving.
i'm thinking i will change the color of the lotus, but i like the rest of it.
here you can see some of the underpainting coming thru
close up of the dragonfly which will get more love from me soon.