I have studied and been inspired by early Asian screens and many of the techniques that I use 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.












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