I recycle a lot of canvases. I had a lot when I left Portland because I mentored children in art. They would paint and paint, then give up and wouldn’t want to even look at the canvas — especially the older kids. I painted over one with a dark phthalo blue and the paint puckered and cracked. I wasn’t sure I could paint over it and have the paint stay on the canvas. So I set it aside. Then, in a bit of inspired thinking outside the canvas, I decided to slash it open. I painted the back yellow then peeled it back and stapled it open. It took a few months to decide what to put in the open space, but I think I came up with a good way to use it.
My camera isn’t taking good photos these days. Also my hands aren’t as steady as they once were. So I made a little film to show this one. The lighting still isn’t great, but I think you’ll get an idea of what it looks like.
(I didn’t glue the smaller canvas to the larger one, I used a staple gun. Glue wouldn’t hold it.)
The Family Trees Exhibit will be here in Memphis, on Saturday March 3 from 4-8, at Crosstown Arts, 430 N Cleveland. I hope you can stop by.
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