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Ritual 25

January 26, 2009


Ritual 25 – Acrylic on cradled panel
8 x 8 x 2″
Abstract Painting – Available

This painting has several layers of patterns, ending up with Golden coarse pumice gel, then more layers of self leveling clear gel.

As long as I keep painting, I won’t run out of images to show here. Large canvases are another story. The only large canvases I am doing these days are unstretched, destined to be rolled and put away until I need them. I am in no mood to add to my physical volume of paintings.

An artist must keep doing art. I know this. But where to put it all is a whole other question. Sigh.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2009 11:47 pm

    The lovely soft colours in this remind me of rose petals. And storage – yep, we could all do with giant attics…

  2. January 27, 2009 9:13 am

    Another lovely one, Martha. Curious re the unstretced canvasses. Do you ever paint them without first stretching, or do you always do them mounted on stretchers and then remove?

  3. January 27, 2009 9:40 am

    Thank you Cath and Karen.

    In answer to your question, Karen — I discovered painting on temporarily-stretched canvas by picking up an old set of stretcher bars or even a canvas that was a reject, stapling the new canvas on, and painting as usual. Not many staples are required for this, and then when finished, I can just pop the new canvas off.

    Some artists tape or staple their canvas to the studio wall. My painting habits require that I be able to turn the canvas in different directions as I’m painting, even laying it flat on the floor or a table at times.

  4. January 27, 2009 10:48 am

    Thanks Martha. Now I know! 😀

  5. January 27, 2009 12:16 pm

    I’ll have to try the unstretched routine — never have but the storage problem is becoming a real issue. I hesitate to work on the larger pieces mainly because of the storing problem but also the limitations of photographing the works well. If I stay small (under 9×12) I can scan. But it is limiting!

    I’ll give it a whirl — thanks again, Martha.

  6. Sandra permalink
    January 27, 2009 12:32 pm

    What a beautiful painting. Just love the intriguing textures and lovely soft colours – it reminds me of flowers and greenery against a wall.

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