The "plan" this year came about quite by accident. the Theater Department of the University discarded a dumpster full of what i consider "raw materials" (my objective is to do as much as i can without requiring new materials ... except food) and i make a great many things from these regular infusions. among the materials salvaged was a painted canvas. apparently it once hung on a wall onstage, and it was simply a solid, dark red. the frame was made of roughly nailed 2x4s. after looking at the canvas as it sat in my studio, week after week, the fact that i've largely avoided non-representational painting could no logner be ignored. my abstract tastes tend to minimalist, contrasty and loud in color, but are otherwise a mystery even to myself. i replaced the 2x4s with smaller dimensional members, primed and re-stretched the canvas in preparation for a new adventure
the painting schedule would not be daily but organic, painting only as the next image comes into focus in my mind. this would not be a recklessly slapped on 1,000 gallons of paint as so often seen in YouTube videos claiming to demonstrate "how to paint abstract [paintings]". rather my images might be abstract or non-representational as the image emerges in my mind's eye. many artists seem to make no distinction in their reckless nomenclature, perhaps further demonstration of undisciplined thinking and working ? in any event, think of each posting as a potential stopping point ; a painting in its own right
painting dimensions are 30.625''x36'', acrylic on stretched canvas
Some (many?) of these paintings will be awful, which is an understandable outcome given my hesitancy for non-representational and abstract painting. the objective is for me to let go and experiment
i should mention the fact that every step is posted. unlike many artist's PAD webpages, everything is shown -- the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY
Nan the Chick passed at this point in time. Nan was a special bird, and the recently whited-over canvas seemed the perfect backdrop for Nan. this was the portrait i'd intended to do during Nan's lifetime (Nan stands for ''Not a Nugget'', the exact opposite of my oft-used nickname ''Nugget-Butt'')
a new canvas was prepared to replace the original, the dimensions being 30.75''x36''