Today I went into town and bought four canvas's. I hate buying ready made ones, always like to either prepare them myself or simply paint on anything I think will do. I once painted a life size portrait of the Queen Mother on a pair of old curtains. That was on the occasion of her 100th birthday. It is owned by the Library service in North East Scotland now. I often wonder if it survived my home made stretcher and the many coats of white emulsion I primed it with.
But today the reason I bought them was because they were so cheap. They were for sale in one of those cheap shops, you probably know the kind of shop I mean. You go in and notice that it is full of cheap tat, and yet you cannot resist buying something. Well maybe it doesn't happen to you, but I am so weak willed. But not where these canvas's were concerned. Oh no. I have bought canvas from there before and it works really well. It says on the label canvas board, but it is proper canvas on stretchers.
Look at these pictures if you don't believe me. Only £1.99p each. Incredible! You try buying these in a proper art shop and I bet you would have to pay at least a tenner each. Marvellous.
Why I'm telling you this is because now that I have got them back home, they are staring at me. Stark white and blank. Taunting me with their virginity. Saying, take me John. Do what you will, but please don't leave us untouched.
If you paint, you will know what I mean. A blank canvas can be such an intimidating thing to get started on. Actually this evening I feel so intimidated that I am going to put them out of my sight and go to bed and read a book. I am reading John Grisham at the moment. The Partner. I like his books.
Tomorrow I will despoil these canvas's with some random splashes of paint. They won't scare me so much then, and I shall get on with the paintings I need to do. Amazing to think that when I am dead and gone these paintings will probably sell for millions of pounds!
£1.99p each. Please don't tell anyone. I don't want that shop being overrun by all your friends. I may need to go back for some more.
Fantastic bargain price, and so well worth all the stress they have caused me! Blank canvas. What am I like?
Oh yes, by the way. I thought the title to this post might get a few more readers to my blog. Cheeky aren't I.