About a year ago I sanded down eight reject paintings so I could paint over them and reuse the canvases. But then something unexpected happened. They were so pretty after the sanding that I didn’t want to cover them up. And yet they’re not quite complete as they are. So they’ve been sitting untouched in my studio for a year now.
That’s what happens when something becomes too precious. I don’t want to mess it up and possibly ruin it. I become paralyzed, and unable to finish the piece until I have the perfect solution in mind.
Of course the perfect solution never arrives, because art doesn’t work that way. I don’t know what a piece needs until I’m actually working on it and making marks while possibly messing it up.
Here’s how four of these sanded canvases look at the moment:
They’re interesting, and they have potential.
I’m in the mood to do something fun and silly, to lighten things up, and to let go of the seriousness of art. These canvases might be a good backdrop for that concept. Stay tuned! We’ll see what happens.
What fun and silly things are calling to you this summer? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,