I have decided this piece is done for the moment. I was not happy with it as I painted, but I kept at it. I have another started, but it's still too wet to work.
It's 18 x 18 on gallery wrapped canvas. I've never destroyed work, but this is on a recycled canvas. I had three pieces I was not interested in pursuing any further. They were on wrapped canvas ... I paid good money for the support and was not going to waste it. I had some gold gesso from Daniel Smith so I made them into blanks.
I've used all three now and the only supplies I had left were three 18 x 24 canvases, and a full roll of primed canvas. That's been sitting in the corner of the studio for several years now. I don't like to stretch canvas. I was saving those three because I thought I was going to do some "Old Masters Style" paintings. I don't enjoy that process ... so why was I considering it? It wasn't even a personal challenge. Why did I keep saving the canvases for when I was in the mood and had the time?
I do enjoy the process above, and of a prior post and that is why I work. I committed myself to doing what I enjoy. Just ordered a dozed 18 x 18 canvases and a few 30 x 30. I'm traveling my own path into the unknown. As I was applying the gesso to the 18 x 24s, I was thinking of that roll in the corner. When I work large I don't stretch the canvas, just tack it to the wall. That way, I'm free to create as large or small a piece as I wish. Sometimes it is confining to have the size predetermined. I'm thinking of tacking a large piece up, and seeing what happens. Might take me all summer, but there's no rush.
Happy Holiday Weekend!