I'd forgotten how to work at a table instead of at an easel.
I'd forgotten what it felt like to work on canvas after working on only paper for several weeks.
I'd forgotten about painting around wrapped edges.
For texture, I decided to glue wrinkled paper on my canvas. Gluing paper to canvas turned out to be different from what I was expecting. The tissue tore, and it didn't reach to the edges of the canvas, let alone wrap around the four sides.
But here's another thing that turned out to be different, especially from a year ago: when ugly started showing up on the canvas—and it did, ugly did not take residence inside me. I just kept taking one step and another with a sense of delight and adventure.
As Gomer Pyle used to say, Sha-zam! Gall-lee!
I embarked on a tiny sky series project I had in mind, starting with this take-off on one of the paintings I did for my Norway Center series:
4x4", tissue, acrylic, ink, and pastels on stretched canvas
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