Art Project
A Canvas from God

A   
n experience of mystical significance has occurred ;o).
While at work on Friday the 18th (6/99), I had occasion to go to the "green giant" to divest the establishment of sundry discards ... when what to my wondering eyes doth appear but ... a giant canvas 44" x 60" i.e. 'dumpsterized'.

Because my choice of size is a 3 by 4 ratio ... and because the thing just barely fit in my car (hatchback) ... and because it would have been much easier to scrunch the thing up to toss it ... I must assume that it was sent by the Almighty.

by Marushka It is an unprepared canvas with a "print" on it of a large sun and a sailboat (minimalist stuff I refer to as "modern slick" - by Marushka!). I must gesso it and hope that it doesn't shrink toooooo much. (I know it won't ... because it's from God)

This will save me about forty bucks. I think I'm going to just use some old white house paint to "prepare" it because I can't find a decent price for gesso ($17.50 is too much for a tub of slop). I don't know if this is acceptable but I don't really care as long as it sticks to the canvas for at least two months.

Remember this is just a "demo".

And my stepdaughter bought me a tube of Venetian Red oil paint for father's day so I got some cheap white to go with it and also some burnt umber and white acryllic paint to do the gross layout.

The New Plan

I'll use the acryllic paint and a fat cheap brush to gouge out the picture as best I'm able (very quickly) ... work the canvas as much as possible ... then ... finesse it with oil (shading, small details, etc.). I may just leave it as a monochrome painting because of the expense & mess of oil paints. But ... eh ... don't know for sure yet.

There are two fundamentally different approaches to painting.

1) The Rembrandt - pointlelist - stipling - successive approximations method. Here, we use the brush in a 'vertical attack' mode ... laying on paint (or whatever the medium) in spots & blotches. this method is more fun than the other because it is extremely forgiving. Any mistake is just one dot-spot-blotch.

2) The Leonardo - drawing - immediately purposeful method. Here, we put the paint down laterally with great exactitude. We intend to finalize the picture ... not come back again to it with any gross corrections.

3) There is, of course, the combo approach in which you end up doing part of both. For instance, you could 'scribble draw' in which you move th pencil laterally but with variations in pressure and intend to go back over and over until an approximation is obtained (so this method is in the first class). A painter who tends to one or the other has that style. I tend to confuse both in a hodgepodge because ... I have no 'style' ... (just determination and perseverance which is what you use to make up for any deficiency whatsoever)

I shall proceed with great confidence in the manner of Carravagio and the "Blues Brothers" ... 'cause now ...

I'm on a misssion ...
(from God)




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