Saturday, June 28, 2008

. . . actually painted something

but it's been so long since I've been in the studio that, like this photo, I'm pretty rusty. I won't show what I started . . . but if it gets better, I might show it when I've completed it. I'm working on the newly rediscovered 12 x 12 stretched canvases that I found when tearing apart the studio getting ready for the show last week. I scraped on some lovely bronze color on the right side, then smeared some red and orange colors on the left side, plopped a spot of Payne's gray in the middle . . . blech . . . spritzed it with water, smooshed it, patted it, took it all off. Ended up with a lovely ivory. Started all over again. . . and again, and again.

As I've said before, I like to work on flat canvas or paper. The wood stretcher bars and braced supports on stretched canvases that I have worked on, both large and small, really give me trouble. It seems that when I sand or scrub or even rub in paint, the wood supports leave a distinct mark on the canvas. I think I'll just stick to flat canvas, but first I probably should use all those 12 x 12's that I found. I am going to search my photos today for inspiration for a whole series. Wish me luck.
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Sheree Rensel said...

This post made me laugh because you mentioned things being "rusty". Well, I joined a gym last week and I actually had to wash DUST off my gym shoes. LOL LOL LOL
Go ahead and get those paintbrushes out. Go for it!! You get motivated by DOING!!

Mary Buek said...

Sheree: Dusting off your gym shoes is a good thing, I think. I have noticed that at my house, the stove gets awfully dusty in between uses -- from Easter to Thanksgiving, usually. I know that I just need to get down there and start DOING -- it always works. Thanks for your funny comments.