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.
[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.
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Susan, nicely executed. Well done.
Not an easy subject to paint as there are so many elements to put together. Challenging for sure. Great job!
Thank you, Milo and Olga!