Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Nicholas Wilton encourages artists to make what he refers to as playboards and others might refer to as activating the canvas. The idea is to just put down paint with as little thought as possible as a loosening up exercise before moving into other phases of a painting.

History of the playboard I generated today:

piece of calendar poster
rough brush and gesso
crosshatching with princeton catalyst blade

grease pencil

golden high flow acrylic dripped onto wet surface
tube acrylics, bristle brush, foam brush

acrylic paint pens

gel pen
papermate sharpwriter pencil
oil pastels

masking fluid (far right)



  1. What an absolutely wonderful exercise!!! I think I missed that Nicholos episode. I just love his teachings, small tips that have lots of power. Three beautiful cards!!!

    1. It's so wonderful to approach a clean slate with playing and activation as the only goals. I sometimes wonder how my painting life might have evolved differently if play boards and waking up a canvas were my first introduction to painting—not that it matters one way or the other in the end. Glad you like these card starts. Thanks for your comments.

  2. Fun for sure! Love reading your blog Dotty :)

    1. Thanks, Sheila. Love having you as a lively reader : )

  3. I really like the steps you are taking. Especially the word 'Scissors'! ;-)

    1. I do love my scissors! They lead me to volunteer compositions that I love, and knowing they're always in the wings offers up more freedom in what I bring to a canvas. Thanks for your comments : )

  4. Oh,'ve been so busy. I need to catch up, as usual. I'm always running behind. I haven't been able to sign into my blog reader for a week or so because every time I try to it says the connection isn't secure. I don't want to get hacked again, so I've haven't been reading blogs. :(

    The crosshatching piece speaks to me. It reminds me of frost on a winter window.

    1. Bummer that you've had trouble signing into your blog reader. Reminds me, I have to follow up on a cyber misfire this morning.

      Thank you for stopping by!

      I can see frost on a winter window in my crosshatched layer also!