So I take some canvases and set up outside and go at it with the sander. I don't want to go all the way to the canvas - you can't do that or the canvas would be ruined. I just want to even things out a bit, and take off some layers and see just what is there.
I worked hard on those layers although they did not make a successful painting - but wow - they can be a great way to start a new painting. Maybe it will all be covered over but it is inspirational, it is my work, it is a history, all there. I really like to use those reclaimed pieces.
Sometimes I do like starting with a totally clean, unmarked canvas and hit it with a blast of color - and go from there. And sometimes these reclaimed pieces are just the thing and I cover it slowly and see what might shine through.
Are you on FB? See that FB icon with the thumbs up - it would help me if you would click on it. Thanks. It's all good.
Yes, you need stuff, to paint. Lots of brushes, lots of paint colors, an easel, palette knives, lots of paint colors, oh did I already mention that?
And you need a sander. Definitely, and that is pretty fun. Painting means failed paintings stacked up in your space - it happens. But they are good canvases, and even better because they have all those layers of paint.