Just Paint Over It

One of the great things about painting is that, if you don’t like something, you can just paint over it!  I did a painting in an abstract class a few months ago.  It was really horrible.  It was a lot of brown and the composition didn’t make any sense to me.  I was hoping that I would re-visit it and make it work but it’s just been stashed in a closet.  Viola! Now (after I finish painting those red edges) I’ve got a new, blank canvas.   I have an idea about what I want to go on this canvas, but you’ll just have to check back and see.

Yes, that’s a GALLON of Gesso.  Gesso is awesome for the purpose described above, as a surface primer and to create a texture on the surface to be covered (or not) later with paint.  This canvas has a 1.25″ edge.  I prefer to use the deep edge canvases because they still look okay if you don’t put them in a frame.  The brush I’m using is a Creative Mark Mural 50, which is a flat 1 – 15/16″.  Big, flat brushes are fun to work with because they are quick at filling up a space with paint and they force you to be loose with your movements.

On a fun note, I also love to watch movies about art and artists.  I rented The Forger the other night and really liked it.  It stars Josh Hutcherson, who was in The Hunger Games and Alfred Molina, who is in a lot of great movies – including another great art movie Frida.  Anyway, The Forger, had a good story and touched on some of the struggles artists have making a living.  It also provided some good insight on how art can be used to communicate emotion that is very difficult to express.