I’ve had this canvas, 30″x 40″, for several years, just sitting in a closet waiting for…well, I’m not sure what. Last summer I had an itch to paint something on it, but never felt like I had the right thing, and perhaps that ‘ol fear of large white spaces was looming as well. So I was determined to put something on it this summer. I started off with a teacup and teapot, as I used to do, in big, bold shapes and colors…but it just wasn’t right, it wasn’t “me” anymore, it just wasn’t happenin’. The thing I kept thinking was…I sure wish I could get the “sketchiness” of my sketchbook onto a large canvas… So. I covered over the whole thing with gesso and various colors, then went into it with some brown acrylic lines and voila! Fun. I really enjoyed it and I like this big thing in my dining room.
This is a sketch painting of the view up at the top of our neighborhood. We see the backside of this villa-like home from Mr. Whicker’s field which is filled with white morning glories all summer long. I had made several sketches of this view last summer following my morning walks. I like that it is a place familiar to me, and the simplicity of it is just what I was looking for.
So now I have plans for more. But with bolder lines and colors…hmmm. Maybe something like this:
That would be way cool on a big canvas…
Now I just need the guts to do it!!:)