August 28, 2005
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