Saturday, August 8, 2009
Saturday Is For Art
The above "canvases" are the prepared surfaces that I plan to paint my sunflowers. Several are old wood windows that I have collected. I removed the glass and stripped the paint. Then I cut 1/2 inch MDO plywood to replace the glass. The plywood is held in place by a few brads. Then I cover the front a back with gesso to give me a prepared surface to paint. If I was a minimalist artist, in some circles, I might be considered done. (For minimalist artist check out Ellsworth Kelly, a very successful American painter.) But, for me, I am just getting started. I thought those interested might like to see the "canvases" before I start to paint. The second picture is an old frame I found, and the last picture is a cabinet door. I will not try to explain why I enjoy taking old wood windows and use them to either frame my art work, or, in this case paint on. My next step is to develop drawings on brown wrapping paper, the size of the canvases, before transferring them to the surfaces.