"These techniques were developed by the Old Masters. An oil gold size that acts as an adhesive is painted over the gesso and allowed to semi-dry. Then each small square of metal leaf is individually applied by hand over the entire surface of the canvas. Acid is freely brushed onto the bronze leafed areas. Careful timing is required to control the etching of the acid into the metal surface. Once the acids have been rinsed, I resume painting, controlling the reflective surfaces by the application of opaque and transparent alkyd paints. These painstaking preparations assure that the final work will not deteriorate.
I paint the landscape directly on the metal or on the gold surface. In some works the use of transparent pigments allows the gold to shine through the paint and create an effect of depth. In others, opaque paints that absorb all of the light create a contrast to the exceptional glow of the gold and the aged metal surfaces." Paul Hunter
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