The Painter’s Edge: How to Gesso

On April 10, 2013 by Michael Carini

With Michael CariniCarini_April2

Michael Carini received his artistic training in Los Angeles, studying at Loyola Marymount University while simultaneously serving as an apprentice under respected artists Jane Brucker and Roland Reiss. Graduating at the top of his class in 2006 with honors including the Scholar of Distinction Award in Painting, Carini returned to his hometown in San Diego, where he currently maintains his studio. Exhibited and published both in the United States and internationally, Carini spent the summer of 2012 as the Artist in Residence for Alexander Salazar Fine Art.

MCarini_April3ichael Carini’s creative visions will play with your senses and illuminate the human condition as he delves into the uncensored depths of his mind and invites you to catch a glimpse of the other side. It is a journey through his darkest dreams and highest hopes, all displayed before you in weaving blasts of light, color, and energy that find themselves trapped within a space that is seemingly boundless. The visions shared are done so through a broad and deeply rooted filter of art history, philosophy, and literature as Carini rhythmically dances and makes music on the canvas through what he describes as a poetically alchemical process based upon the principals of equivalent exchange. It is the artist’s hope that you will completely lose yourself within these labyrinthine experiences, only to discover a new sense of self and emerge reborn.

This April, Michael begins a world of teaching and joins the grassroots movement of self-educating and self-motivating. RARW is pleased to present Michael Carini’s first installment of video tutorials.

2 Responses to “The Painter’s Edge: How to Gesso”

  • Michelle

    This is really cool, because I am studying gesso now. How to make from scratch and all the different kinds. I am half way into my experiment but find that I like rabbit skin glue because it sparkles in the sun. However is it going to make a good surface for me to paint? I find out tomorrow in class! Thanks for the tutorial. I always wondered why you did so many coats of gesso. I am going to have to try it, and get the glass texture down. What sandpaper grit do you use?

  • I like to use a heavier grit like a 220. I find that this works well enough for getting off the bumps. Towards the final coats, you can use something much finer if you prefer though.

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