Christopher and I got all of our unwanted oil paintings together and gesso'ed over them, so we would have lots have fresh panels. We went out on the patio on a beautiful Texas Memorial Day, spread our paintings out, and painted over them with Dick Blick Master Gesso. It is thick, gooey, and oh so satisfying. This is the first time I have used gesso; I will report in a future post how oil paint takes to the surface. The Gesso label says it is for acrylic painting, but my oil painting teacher says it works for oils too.
We left the gesso'ed panels on the patio to dry in the sun. It only took a hour or two. A few unfortunate bugs lost their lives on the gesso surfaces, but the thick oil paint should make the tiny insects unnoticeable.