Looking down a parallel path

I’ve been in a sort of rut for a while. Thinking of where to go next, artistically. The imagery hasn’t totally shown itself to me and I’ve been wondering how to coax it along.

I recently won a gift certificate for art supplies through Dick Blick and took the opportunity to get some new art supplies and venture into a new realm. I started with Gamblin Oil Ground to prep some large wood panels with. I also ordered some wide masking tape to keep the edges of the panels clean. Then I got a mix of black, white, & gray oil sticks which I’ve been dying to experiment with for a long time. I also threw in some charcoal powder and graphite powder. this is going to be fun!
I have a vague idea of what I want to do but I’m really excited to just start working and see where it goes. Using the Gamblin oil ground is pretty sweet. I’ve never used it before but was looking for a ground that could be used with encaustic, if I
decided to add that as a medium in the future of these pieces (acrylic gesso doesn’t jive with wax). What I really like so far about the oil ground is the application. It only takes 2 layers– the first can be slightly thinned with Turpenoid and applied with the side of an old credit or gift card! Yes– exactly what I needed– more household items to use as art supplies!!! This layer goes on so thin but is a very vibrant white. The

next layer, which I plan on doing tomorrow, is applied as-is from the can and takes a bit of time to dry but I think overall will be much nicer than acrylic gesso.
I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the progress; hopefully the new materials will inspire me!
You can watch a really great video tutorial on the Gamblin oil ground here.

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