I'm happy to say that my next project is well under way and so far I'm pleased with it: after the second session the two canvasses are at the point of "a good beginning" and at this stage I tend to separate them and concentrate on one at a time - so the one to the left has the third session down but, of course, needs much more work. But I think that it has enough going for it that it should work quite well.
I was very nervous about having to change my way of working from having the canvas on the floor to using an easel as well as the wall ------------------- but it seems to work OK and may actually be an improvement! Who would have thought - sometimes we just need a kick in the But to change our habits to something better, instead of just continuing in the same way - and it will hopefully decrease the stress on my back. In that regard I am actually quite delighted: a few days ago I had a lumbar epidural steroid injection to hopefully help with the pain in mainly my left leg on any activity ----- and it already seems to be much improved: no more shooting pains on each step or on lying on either side at night! It seems a little too good to be true but I'm keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed.
In the middle of Thursday's painting session I ran out of Titanium White and discovered to my surprise, that the new tub I was sure that I had - wasn't there! So yesterday it was off to Granville Island and Opus to stock up and, of course, get a few other things and one way or another spend a small fortune - I do wish that art supplies weren't this expensive! While I was down there I used the opportunity to visit a few other places, including a small studio/gallery with some good work and a very friendly artist (owner) who was in the middle of working on a good size painting. It is so very nice to touch base with other artists.
Afterwards - and two weeks ago there was no way I could have lasted that long - I went to South Granville and checked out several of the galleries there as well as making a few purchases from stores with items on sale - walking up one side of the street and down the other - and actually enjoying it!!! Amazing!!
From there on I went to visit the Jeunesse Gallery in Kits where I have a few paintings on display - just to check in and hear how things were going: not that well unfortunately. As is the case with most galleries to-day, sales are very slow and most are struggling to stay in business, while many have closed already. Which is such a shame - let's just hope that it will improve in the not too distant future!
So this is how the last canvas ended up - and it has survived my wall test with flying colours (!) which is great!
I now have two new canvasses in the studio and will gesso them for the last time to-morrow - and then look at them and start to get a feel for what they may require. I call this the "getting to know you phase" and it is crucial; it can go on for days or even a week or two while I also wait for the right time to start - time without other pressing concerns or interruptions. I have by now realized that it pays to wait until I'm just bursting to get started, and when that happens - usually the painting will have a really good foundation and will be much more likely to work out well.
I hope to get started on Friday or Saturday - it is supposed to rain then in the morning and that is the best time to start, when I'm still fresh with energy to spare; the dogs won't like it but will just have to put up with it - they will get their walk later in the day even if they do prefer their morning outings! To-morrow should be another nice day so we will go up to the park in the morning