Mr. Muybridge’s Dancer
mixed media on canvas
This is the end result of what I’d like to call Fruitful Destruction. I don’t know about you, but I can go crazy buying art supplies. So for a month I’ve decided to go on an “art supply diet” and try to use up supplies I already have before buying something new. Not sure if I’ll be able to keep to it, but I thought I’d try.
I wanted to do another abstract canvas, a smaller one, so I dug out a collage I’d done 3 years ago on canvas.
This is what the original canvas looked like:
It was ok, but not very exciting, so I started peeling off the collage elements one at a time. The leftover glue brought out some pretty interesting textures, and I decided to keep part of the strip of Muybridge photos.
Next, I gessoed over what was left and then started painting intuitively, using a palette of colors that I usually don’t use. (Using up more supplies….)
In the end, I loved the result, and to tell the truth, there is something very liberating about destroying something and re-making it into something else. I had no expectations and felt I had nothing to lose.
Another good lesson for me.