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The Painting Lesson

by Linda Carson

big black pig studio
98 King St. N., Waterloo Ontario Canada
www.bigblackpig.com


Imprimatura

In oil painting, it's a good idea to wipe the gessoed surface with a thin priming of oil paint. This priming coat is called an imprimatura.

Nautilus; oil & graphite on hardboard; 6 inches X 6 inches; Carson 2002

For example: This oil painting is pretty much all imprimatura. It's created with such a thin layer of paint that the drawing underneath shows and becomes part of the image.

The imprimatura soaks into the gesso a bit to prevent the gesso from sucking too much oil from the successive layers of paint (which creates peculiar dull patches in the paint film).

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