Sunday, February 6, 2011

The cursed canvas

A Quiet Moment
Mixed media painting on 5 x 7 inch wrapped canvas

First of all, thank you for all the great comments on my last painting!! Here's one I did this morning. I call this the cursed canvas, because it's the third painting I tried on it. This one is at least good enough to show you.

The first one was so bad, I immediately covered it with glass bead gel. Then, I realized just how hard it is to paint on glass beads... The resulting painting was very dark and had a sort of moth on it, but I just didn't like it. So, I covered everything with a think layer of fiber paste.

I love fiber paste, but it adds a lot (and I mean a lot) of texture to the canvas and make it a little hard to apply paint. I find it works best if I paint with heavy bodied acrylics. Anyway, I might paint over her again, but for now, I have it sitting in my studio for further contemplation...

In the meantime, I all but finished a larger painting and cannot wait to show you!!! Hopefully tomorrow.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!


  1. Oh Silke I know what you mean about cursed canvas! I have been through that and it can be so frustrating but can also result in something beautiful! Sometimes I find I just cannot walk away from a canvas that is not working and then I make it worse! lol

    Having said all that I do like what you have done with this one! I love how you captured her expression and the colors you used! I think she is lovely! Whether you keep her or change whatever you come up with will be great! Keep us posted! :)

  2. Whoooaaaa! pretty soon you will have a thick layer, enough to sculpt and make it three dimensional? Throw some paints for fun, just shake the pichments with a brush or finger paint. Go wild. I want to see the results of Wild Silke! Tsup!

  3. hah! I don't know what pichments are but pigments, I do! Hahah!

  4. She looks very contemplative. Maybe she's thinking about all of those layers of medium & images beneath her! ☺ I like the soft colors, especially the skin tones. I look forward to seeing the next piece!

  5. Often the piece that gives me the most trouble turns out to be my most favorite. I love how the layers have created a soft look to her face. Keep working on it my friend you will get the results you want.

  6. I like her! She definitely looks heavily textured, she can't even keep her eyes open! Nice work.

  7. Gorgeous Silke..she has such a softened textured feel..almost frozen in time yet life-like like a butterfly wing..or mohth's wing! I love her! Shine on! Love the colors too!wonderful!

  8. I love the fact that she has her eyes shut---as if to say "I refuse to acknowledge this canvas...."
    Seriously, I like it. If I was going to change anything (big IF) I suppose I might feather in a dark edge on the top and right side only---maybe in blue.
    Was this the one you sent the photo of previously?

    It's not cursed; it's just stubborn! ;-)


  9. The moth trapped on the glass beads sounds very interesting! It's good that you carried on with fresh painting over the old one, sometimes it's quite disheartening isn't it when a canvas just goes wrong again and again?! I look forward to seeing your new painting Silke! xx

  10. You have totally conquered the cursed canvas! I think she is gorgeous. I am sure my ratio of cursed to non-cursed canvases is 50:50

  11. Liebe Silke,

    der Sonntag ist fast hier vorbei.
    Wir wünschen dir noch schöne Stunden.

    Alles Liebe
    Angela und Elisabeth

  12. I've had cursed canvases before. Just set it aside and try again tomorrow--a wonderful idea may come to you in the middle of the night tonight...

  13. Hi Silke, die Textur des Bildes sieht toll aus. Ich mag auch ihren wirklich friedlichen Ausdruck.

  14. i love fiber paste too silke, it give a great feeling to a painting. i love her eyes closed, i love the warm colors of her skin. she makes me feel relaxed and happy. third time is a charm!
    xo to you my friend!

  15. Hi Silke - You know - honestly Silke - I love the texture of this photo and I think it makes this picture so interesting. It gives it a beautiful sense of depth - I love the quiet, sullen look on her beautiful face~~


  16. I love all your paintings and it seems like you are entering a new realm in your art and expression. So excited to see all that is in store for you creatively!

    Lots of love, Catherine

  17. what an interesting emergence for her,though.

  18. It's beautiful, Silke. Sorry you had so many troubles with her. I love the colors you selected - she looks very serene. Theresa