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Pushing 40 cm

For the last year, I have been very good at limiting myself with surfaces that will be manageable when the time comes again to change home and country.  I gave myself a maximum limit of 30 cradled wooden panels (my favorite painting surface) under 50 x 70 cm, along with various sizes of linen (which I dislike now for the tooth) and paper.  Still, I felt stifled by the smaller sizes I have been working with and I really needed a solution.  On heavy duty painting paper, I have found that with several coats of gesso, the paint slips around for me like it does on panel.  And with sizes reaching 100 x 140 cm, I am thrilled to work on sizes that take in a greater perspective.  Though I used to work large on linen, I have found that the texture “irritates” me, gets in the way and forces me to paint in a way that seems less natural to the way I paint.  I love when paint slips around and feels like it has a liquid mind of its own, and panel – and now the gessoed paper – provides this kind of surface.  The images here show 2 different pieces I have started.  I intend to work them quite a bit more to see how they can evolve, allowing myself the artistic luxury of reconsidering marks, colors and composition. Like sinking your teeth into something tasty after a prolonged artistic surface diet.


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  1. June 8, 2010

    Googling on isaac levitan, I came on your site
    what a treat that was!!

    Gorgeous work with such a lovely warm haze in it, you really
    can feel the Eastern heat!

    Thanks for the wonderful stroll on your site!


  2. Rebecca Harp #
    June 9, 2010

    Rene, thank you for coming by, I so appreciate your compliments. I did not know that I have been able to include the temperature in my paintings, but I guess it happened from simply living it. Levitan is one of my most favorite of artists, an inspiration on the importance of contemplating deeply and painting earnestly.

  3. July 5, 2010

    It was a long time since your last post, I am waiting for them, you make me laugh; you have a bedroom as messy as my daughter’s, I believid it was impossible!

  4. Rebecca Harp #
    July 9, 2010

    Thanks Sylviane! I have finally outgrown my adult phase of keeping things looking nice and have decided to become a child again. Except of course if I have people over. Then I use the trick of calling the bedroom off limits to grown-ups.

    I would post more, and more often, but a lot of them become too messy or too clean, and I put them to the side. I used to just throw them all away, but now I don’t so often. I have no intention on trying to paint all of the junk art in my studio, but then again, we shall see. It’s a lot about keeping the level of chaos just right.

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