I've been working slowly but surely on my larg canvas with the underpainting but more slowly on the next one which I primed and then decided to get the gesso back out for another. I'm been thinking both of images and on how to work the canvas. After several conversations with my sister who I've been encouraging to paint and discussing her fears of not having the skill or sensitivity of the medium to create what she wants, I caught a cable program about Chuck Close. His work isn't like what my sister would do or like but I caught part where he talked about the skill of the artists marks ie. skill with brush or line. A similar system to his might be just what my sister needs to get over her lack of experience.
Experimentation is half the fun for me. Not everything works out. I have a painting hanging on my wall that reminds me of that each day that I'm working on something. It is horrible. It had too many textures and shadows and poor drawing from the get go; I can find no redeming value except to encourage me to just do something better than that! Why is it on my wall? Good question after I did it I thought that I'd be able to fix it. Sometimes I need a little time and space and I can get back into something that is bothering me. Not this time, not this time yet. I think its been hanging there for a couple of years. Its a long time for me to get back to a painting.
Experimentation is why I primed the third canvas. I'm goin to try one of the systems that I'v been recommending to my sister, hopefully along with her. We will see.
Oh, I posted a few things mostly older stuff.