Last week I bought some plaster of paris, mixed it with pva glue, and smeared it on some canvases. Today I picked up the canvas I had made the bumpiest, and decided to paint this Edinburgh street scene on it. This was a challenging task – the surface was so uneven, I had trouble creating straight lines to denote the edges of buildings and other generally straight things. Originally I had planned to use this canvas for something with more organic shapes, such as a landscape, but this was a fun exercise. I liked seeing how different types of brushstrokes were received by the surface, and finding out what I could control and what I couldn’t.
I want to texturize some more canvases with this mixture (although probably in thinner layers) and experiment some more. It seems an interesting way to treat new canvases before I use them, since I prefer working on surfaces with some sort of pre-existing character.
It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about Art Every Day Month, or follow the discussion on Twitter with the #aedm2014 hashtag.