The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Same Panels, A Few Days Later

 I think my husband thinks I'm crazy to go to this much effort, when you can buy these things all ready to paint. But there is something satisfying in cutting the boards to size, sanding them, sealing them and priming them. I like extending the creative process to even the surface. I like stretching and prepping my own canvas too. It takes away from precious painting time, but it's fun too. I can ensure that they are a quality, long-lasting surface, as well as one that I like to work on.

Besides, the gesso is just so good at trapping dog hair. I get a kick out of thinking of all the places my dogs' hairs have traveled, embedded in paintings. I wonder if some conservator sometime in the future will find one, run a DNA analysis, and say "Oh yes, this was the beginning of her Golden Retriever period, probably the large red Golden named Beck. We can date this directly to 2010."  Ha!


  1. I think they'll keep me busy for a little while. ;-)

  2. You knooooow,
    people who do NOT like to stretch canvai will gladly pay you to do it for them.

  3. Hmm. Maybe that's a good way to make some money to support my art supply addiction! ;-)