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Repainting a Large Canvas

By Abstractartbylt @artbylt

Lately I've been looking at my older paintings, selecting those that don't quite work.  I may have thought so when I painted them, but not now.  I've taken these paintings off my website and now I'm repainting them.

I did a series of paintings that had been popular back then--but not all of them worked that well.  Here's one that I chose to work on today, on a 48" x 48" canvas:

  Crescendo, 48" x 48" acrylic on canvas.

First I covered the whole canvas in parchment (a light tan) and let the paint dry.  This gave me a "blank canvas" to start with so that I wouldn't feel constrained by what was already there.  The original texture, however, still remained. 

I began painting freely with a brush, beginning with cadmium orange, Indian yellow, raw sienna and burnt sienna.  In between the shapes I'd created with these colors, I added titanium white and dabs of the other colors. 

For variation, I added a bit of red and some Prussian blue, painting quickly without worrying too much about composition.  I just let it flow.

That's how I ended up with this:

  Abstract Painting #231, 48" x 48" acrylic on canvas.

In my next painting session, I'll see where this one takes me.

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