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.