Today, I returned to my easel; lo and behold, that 20″ x 20″ canvas was still there. I had hoped that someone might have tip-toed in (during the night or this morning while I was out at yoga) and whisked it away! No such luck; the challenge still stood.
“I’ll give it another try,” I thought.
Here’e the situation: most of the images I create have to do with splendid skies, long stretches of beach, clouds of ever changing shaples….all of which are horizontal and reach beyond the horizon. 15″ x 30″ or 20″ x 30″ fit my needs perfectly.
So, what’s with this 20″x20″?It fit in the box of art supplies I was packing to ship to Florida. The larger canvases travelled by car with me.

When I was ready to paint, I decided to warm-up using this expendable canvas; however, as I tried to convey the beach scene-of-the-day. squishing the horizontal into square, I knew I had made a mistake. The square is acceptable for a still-life or a portrait, not a skyscape or seascape, or for that matter, a landscape. I probably should have stopped there and just wrote it off; but, no, I came back today, sure I could rectify my mistake.
Foolish thinking, waste of time, waste of paint. Since I’m using water-based oils these days, I took the canvas and put in under the faucet in the kitchen sink, used a heavy-duty sponge and some brush cleaner and attempted to get rid of the image. No matter what they tell you, there is no way to get back to a clean canvas — especially if you use a palette knife, as I do.
The image remains, although many layers have been shed. Right now, it’s drying on the patio and every time I gaze in tht direction, I’m reminded that 20″x20″ doesn’t work for me!

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