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paul milner
11-02-2009, 05:30 PM
Anyone know how Edward Seago prepared his ground for oil painting? that amaizing rough texture.
Paul M

11-02-2009, 10:45 PM
Stapleton Kearns, on his excellent blog, says he believes it to be a lead-white oilpaint/real-gesso mixture used to pretexture the panel - see:

including the discussion in the comments, and also:

in particular:
The other thing besides his choice of colours that greatly influenced how his paintings looked, was that peculiar ground. Here's how he made it. He heated real rabbitskin glue based gesso and when it was hot he stirred in White lead from a can.Then he laid that onto panels with a stiff brush. The thick priming material preserved the visible brushstrokes. Its hard to believe you can mix water based gesso and oil paint, but you can, and I have done it. Besides having a textured surface it also has a weird absorbent quality that makes the paint set up REAL fast....his incidentally MUST be done on a panel, the flexing of a canvas under this thick priming is sure to crack. So never on canvas, OK?


paul milner
11-03-2009, 06:57 AM
Thankyou Dave
It is an excelent blog

best wishes
Paul M