Step 4: While starring at this I realized that part of the background texture had a circle in the upper left corner of the canvas. I painted a moon and put the whole thing aside to dry.
Step 5: The next day I starred at the canvas and thought about what I could do to make this work. Then it came to me. I painted a rock cliff and put a howling wolf on it. When all else fails, put a wolf on it right?
Step 6:Something was still missing. I decided it needed tree branches. Using black paint and a fan brush, I painted in some branches. The kind of branches that look like a fire has ripped through this forest.
For now, I’m calling this finished. I may come back to it or I may gesso it again. That’s what makes it so fun.
Don't waste your canvases. They can be re-purposed.
I called this blog post “Do Over” because I had a canvas that I just hated sitting way over in the corner of my studio. I didn’t want to waste it so I hauled it out to do it over. Here was my process:
Step 1: Put a coat of Gesso over the entire canvas. Let it dry. Gesso is your best friend in a case like this.
Step 2: The original painting was a collage so there already is a tonne of texture on this canvas. I got a bit frustrated with the whole thing and so I just painted the canvas gray. (Don’t ask me why – LOL) I let that dry
Step 3: I pulled out my black India ink and let it drip all down the canvas because why not right? Let it dry and then turn it upside down. Now it's looks like a silhouette of land with bare trees on it.