When a painting isn’t working, I often sand it down so I can reuse the canvas. But sometimes these sanded pieces are too pretty to paint over!
I think of these as excavation paintings. I’m sanding down through two or more layers of paint, and uncovering what was there before — paintings that are long forgotten. It’s like an archaeological dig, as bits and pieces of the different layers are exposed.
Here are a few recent examples of this work. I like the way these sanded paintings look, but they aren’t quite finished. What now? They’re so different from everything else that I do.
What old stuff have you uncovered lately? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
I like these but prefer you previous style incorporating acrylic paint and silicone.
Just out of curiosity, if you are painting on canvas within a frame, how on earth do you sand it down?
I guess you are probably painting on blockboard or plywood?
These are painted on canvas, not wood panel. When sanding I don’t apply a huge amount of pressure, and you can often see the outlines of the wood stretchers underneath. But since I was just planning to paint over them, it didn’t matter.
I like the soft muted look of these but I agree they are not finished yet. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with them.
As always, I enjoy reading your posts.
Thanks, Sandy. I’m setting them aside for the time being, and hopefully something will come to me!
I kinda like the look of the sanded pours. Interesting. And what am I uncovering?? Well, a LOT of my handspun yarn. Decided to buy a little loom and try to weave some of it. But I certainly have a lot to learn about that. And, I still have two totes full of unspun wool to spin. I am wondering if I will ever get it all knitted or woven before I check out of this life. Ha Ha. But it sure is fun trying new things.
How fun to weave using your handspun yarn, Susan! I look forward to seeing what you do with it. Yes, I have more projects lined up than I could possibly complete in one lifetime as well. Such is the fate of creatives!