White Canvas or Colored for Starting a Painting?

Should you start your painting on a white canvas? …or is there an alternative… And I’m not referring to the black canvases you can buy!!

I found myself answering a fellow blogger who had purchased an easel and a large white canvas a year ago and is sitting staring her back and challenging her!

A blank canvas? Follow the example of some of the masters: paint a colored background first!

The Group of Seven from Canada (I had the incredible opportunity to view their work up very close, a few inches away when I noticed this http://www.gallery.ca/en/about/340.php), and Tom Thompson especially, would paint over a pre-painted orange background, sometimes red as I recall. If bits of orange showed through they didn’t stress over it since it added more dynamism to their paintings!

I’ve experimented with this concept and have used different colors for backgrounds. It’s also very relaxing to do this prep work!

lone red tulip watermarkedHere’s my Orange Tulip done on an orange background: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/lone-red-tulip-tamara-kulish.html while this flower painting Blue Fairy Tree was done on a dark background of blues and greens mixed with black: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/blue-fairy-tree-tamara-kulish.html

The white canvas scares and intimidates too many people! Try different colors, not just colors you might find in your future projects but try complimentary colors!

If I’m in a slump I find preparing a few canvases helps get me through it… I’m doing something productive and my creative juices start flowing!

Try this and I’m sure you’ll have fun!!

Here’s few more links to paintings I did on pre-painted canvases  (with real paint, which adds some texture to a finished pieces do modulated colors, as opposed to colored Gesso – where the color is unit one and flat).

Click on any of the images to see it on Fine Art America!

moody irises watermarked
Moody Irises

Touch this Sunflower watermarked
Touch this Sunflower

White Hibiscus watermarked
White Hibiscus

Maple sugar shack in Quebec watermarked
Maple Sugar Shack in Quebec

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