A Conversation – Line and Shape

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Why do I paint? I like the process of painting, the challenge. I lay down one stroke, That stroke calls for another stroke and the process continues until I have a “there it is” moment, when the painting is done. My tool  – This brush has traveled with me from studio to studio. The material – Medium weight cotton duck canvas stapled to the wall.  I covered the surface with gesso, a paint medium used as a base to protect the raw canvas. While I am in the process of covering the canvas with a base, I really like what  happens. Priming the canvas I start in the middle and work  my way out. This application of paint tightens the canvas as I work my way out to the edges. I’ll end up a with a nicely taut canvas with no wrinkles.  But first look at this! There’s a painting right here. In the first image I like the dark square on the natural color rectangle; rounded 3 dimensional wrinkles or lines radiate outward.  The second image is a pleasing shape playing with the original support, the picture plane.The third image becomes a photograph of an abstract image showing variation in lines created with a big brush, drips and wrinkled canvas – reminds me of Franz Kline. http://www.gagosian.com/artists/franz-kline