The Fruits of Love
Work in Progress Stage 4 & 5
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
This is the story of a canvas, good quality, on a
thick gallery style stretcher that could not get
a painting. The first coat on it over the gesso
was the artist's classic orange base -- a colour she'd
found was kind to people's skin. And as she was
a portrait artist, this discovery was a boon.
So she drew a big portrait of a woman on it, got
involved in other things, and forgot it. The trouble
with the canvas at that time, was that it was large
but not large enough. It became a spare. One
day she wiped off the figure, and drew on a cityscape,
but it looked wrong, and once again the canvas
Now, in magical 2014, no canvas is left unpainted.
Suddenly the artist, who'd been painting on very
small wood panels, wanted something bigger. But
it was snowing, and she had a cold, and. Ta Da!
In the corner of the studio the canvas spoke up,
"Ahem!" it said. She pulled it out, slid a deep
magenta glaze over the orange after she wiped
off the latest charcoal drawing, and began.
The painting still needs more work, but the
canvas likes its jubilantly happy theme. It
fairly shouts that life is wonderful, and please
enjoy it. The canvas knows the artist is happy,
and so far it's a happy ending.
The artist didn't have much time today to work
on this happy work, but every minute was a pleasure.
Have a making-your-canvasses-happy day.