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August 28, 2005

Caput Mortuum

Caput Mortuum means: the residue. You can buy a colour of the same name in a tube, it's a sort of purpleyreddybrown colour. I use the residue from the bottom of the turps pot, the old tin where I leave the solvent to clear after washing my brushes out.


Applied here as a ground, and mostly wiped off before sealing with damar varnish cut 50/50 with genuine turpentine - for the techincally minded.

A lot of work went on before I got into the Caput Mortuum thing. There was paper stuck to the panel and gesso and primer a-plenty to give it the texture.

Posted by john at August 28, 2005 06:45 PM