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Painting Layers {Work in Process} #2

9x12" canvas

9x12" cardboard

8x8" canvas

8x8" canvas

8x8" canvas

8x8" canvas

11x14" canvas

I'm taking Flora Bowley's workshop Bloom True. We're supposed to work BIG but I've run out of BIG canvas (more on that later) and so for the time being I'm working SMALL. I've been adding layers using different tools... including fingers, various paint brushes, a palette knife, sponge and chopsticks. I'm starting to add shapes to the canvas, tentatively, as you can see on the last two above. All works in progress.

18x36" canvas, heavy body acrylics, fluid acrylics

The story of the BIG canvases. I had two large canvases to start the workshop. I started with an 18x36" (above) and painted massive layers to the point that I don't want to add anything. I like it the way it is. I know there is not focal point, but I don't care. I like the busyness, the chaos. 

So I brought out the second BIG canvas and painted the first layer, with cerulean blues and greens and paynes gray and turquoise. Very simple. The girls came in the kitchen where I was painting and fell in love with the blues and asked if they could paint bubbles on the canvas and make it look like a sky. I thought they'd just paint layers along with me, but their plan is to paint the bubbles and hang it in the hall between their rooms! They've painted white bubbles on the blues, and I'll get a shot of that soon. I so want to paint that canvas! But they are thrilled with it, and that makes me happy!

So I'm out of BIG canvas. Time to order a few more.