“Then there was the puzzle of why the sun came out during the day, instead of at night when the light would come in useful.” Terry Pratchett: Mort
A bit of light relief as I want to spend time today progressing these two canvas-board panels.
Talking of light relief, it is exciting but also frightening to be face-to-face with a blankness. Even though these are small panels and I’ve already prepared their surfaces – so they are already palimpsests. I’d feel the same intimidation and anticipation if they were postage-stamp size.
I felt the same during my ice-dancing days, confronted with an empty ice rink, especially if no-one had yet stepped onto it. In fact, I used to set out for the rink very early sometimes – to get there before 6 am, to try to be the first to set foot on the smooth white surface of the ice.
Well, there is one difference – if you make a mistake with pencil and paper you can rub out the marks; if you make a mistake on ice, you break your knee cap (or elbow or … ). I’ve also added colour to ice more than once – blood red. Perhaps my fear of blank white paper is that it brings back memories of moments of extreme physical pain and blood loss!
No blood has been lost from – or added to – these two panels. The surfaces have been built using lemon shellac, Daler-Rowney System 3 & Cryla Texture Paste, Indigo Blu’s FlitterGlu, Indigo Blu’s Mega-Flakes Autumn Blaze (metal foil flakes) Liquitex Fluid Matte Medium and Cléopatre Cléocol (extra strong fast-drying acrylic glue).
There’s everything on these blank surfaces but the kitchen sink already. I’m such a coward, artistically.