April 07, 2008

Fun with Gold Leaf

This is a little portrait of Amber. She's pretty special. Also, gold leaf is a bear to work with. I've wanted to experiment with the stuff since learning how the old masters used it. I even went through the trouble of using birch board and applying copious layers of gesso to (try to) conceal the woodgrain. I even applied a coat of bright cadmium red to produce as authentic a substrate as possible to simulate the traditional gold technique.

Applying the leaf was a dual practice in patience and not needing to breath. But most of my readers who are experts in reattaching sun-burned skin flakes to the tender shoulder with a slow-drying glue and brush-on sealer would have little trouble mastering the art.

The unframed piece is 17x30cm oil and gold leaf on board and resides upon my desk at work. Poor-quality image was produced with uncontrolled natural light and a Casio Exilim EX-Z200.

Posted by timf at April 7, 2008 04:36 PM

I commend your patience to endure that copious amount of work. =D It looks great, Tim!

Posted by: Tom at April 8, 2008 05:07 PM

gold leaf is awful.
but oh so addicting...

Posted by: gwen at April 17, 2008 10:55 PM

Gwen, tell me about it! I foolishly started another two paintings with gold-leaf-appropriate subject matter. I'm addicted. Sadly.

Posted by: timf at April 18, 2008 11:35 AM
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