Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday Morning

The first thing that popped into my head this morning was to clear gesso the two 18"x24" raw stretched canvas before the rain comes. The forecast calls for rain. I am finding prepping the raw canvas is great process to get back into. When I was doing really large size work. I got sick of it trying to cover 5'x7' area with white gesso. Since I don't have a lot of time to dedicate to painting in one sitting nowadays. I am finding the smaller size work area and the prepping of the work area helpful in getting my mind ready for creating.

I found the gel medium not enough to size the raw canvas. So I went back to diluting the clear gesso and doing two layers on the raw, instead a thicker, streaky layer as I tried before on the cradle panel. The diluted layers are working well. I also printed out some smaller ratio rectangular frames of my work surface for thumbnails.

My next project will be on zucchini blooms. I have them in the garden and they are quite beautiful.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

raw canvas

Ordered frames for some older pieces done on canvas boards. They were on Japanese sizes so it was in cm, which means they do not fit in the pre-made frames. I did them as exercise, thinking that would keep the pressure down to create " perfect" work. Of course they worked out well and I ended up having to get custom frames made. I don't mind. I really like them... still, which is a good sign.

While I was at the framing shop, I picked up some raw stretched canvas and I have sized one with only gel medium instead of gesso. I really like the exposed raw canvas look so here is another play and learn.