In July
07 Oct 21 by justatest
It´s been ages since I´ve begun a new painting. All the new stuff I´ve been doing over the last couple of years have been sculpture and drawing. Any painting activity has been working on or finishing already ongoing canvases. So I´ve stretched a new canvas, glued and gessoed, it´s dry now and ready to go.
This practice of allowing painting almost become a secondary activity I´d like to end. It must be remembered that canvases are a lot easier to store than bulky sculptures, and if I´m ever to sell anything again in my life, it´ll more than likely be a small painting.

painting [In July] early exploration work

A feel for dimension

painting [In July] early mapping out the surface

I made a mess of the stretcher frame as the wood was too light and as I stretched the canvas the sides ended up concave instead of straight, and it got worse as the glue dried and tightened the fabric. Anything I tried to lessen the effect just made things worse, so I just left it at that. The gesso ground is well made however and has a lovely smooth creamy consistency, and overall the surface has a pleasing spring to it. I notice that I´m all about the physicality of this object and am talking about it as if it were almost a sculpture. In a way, that is how I view the canvases. Years ago, I used to deliberately rip well-made canvases to reveal the wood of the stretcher.