Collectif Creativity: 10Dec2022

by Susan Irving

Here is one I finished in late October. It is a work on gallery-wrapped canvas, 2-inches thick. Someone gave me the canvas over 2 years ago and it has been just sitting around my studio.  I decided perhaps it was about time I did something with it. 

My inspiration was a photo I took while walking out in the woods in Charlottenburg Park. The remains of a long dead tree looked very lyrical to me and I found it an interesting challenge to paint.

Deadwood Symphony, acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, on 24 x 30 x 2″ 

[Ed. We asked Susan why/how the extra deep canvas had affected her process.] Well. it looks much better (tidier) on the back of the canvas, all tucked in neatly and all.  I also think it may be a bit heavier canvas on a sturdier frame.  But apart from that, it is a more expensive canvas.  Not that I paid for that one, but still, knowing it is more costly does inspire me to try a bit harder to try and do a better job so as not to waste it.  

It was a serious effort for me. Which is why I waited so long to do it.

This is the photo I worked from, taken way back in 2019. I had always planned to do something with it, but was not sure I could pull it off.  The expensive canvas did indeed motivate me. 

Collectif clan, share your creative activities — no effort too small! Send JPG image(s) to with up to 100 words per image describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, challenges, mindset, etc. 

Share how/if creativity affects (controls?) your life. Please include size (height by width), title & media for each image.

Writers – we want to hear from you! Send poetry, lyrics, an excerpt. Try to include an image of some sort because that’s the media world we live in. 

Everyone, share informative, inspiring Show & Tell demonstrating the creative mind.


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