Christmas Canvases

Sawyer's Painting Edited
We got no troubles, life is the bubbles under the sea
Stars Night canvas
I have loved the start too fondly to be fearful of the night. – Sarah Williams

These are two canvases that I painted for Christmas last year. “We got no troubles, life is the bubbles under the sea” went to my nephew in Charleston. My brother, his dad, is in the navy, so my nephew’s room is aquatic themed. “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night” went to one of my dear friends.

This was my first real foray into canvas, and I was surprised by some of the difficulties I encountered. I like to work with paint on brushes and paint in pens, and I found that the roughness of the fabric made a big difference in how the paint took compared to paper. I learned I needed to mix more paint than I would have assumed in order to get the appropriate amount of coverage to avoid small white spots. I also had to use more brush strokes which, as the paint started to dry, gave me more streaks than I would have liked… Things to consider for next time. These were both painted with acrylic paint as the primary base and I wonder what difference watercolor paint could make?

I’ve been working on another canvas painting for quite some time now. I’ll post pictures of that work in progress to keep myself motivated to, you know, progress 😉



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