Before I had my dream and before I painted my dream painting I was working on other things. the dream painting did reset my texture meter somewhat, but still I find that I like the distressed look of my canvas. It reminds me of my earlier works with found objects. Work that I will be adding to the website soon. I still have some of the better pieces (in my opinion) from the Tacit Series and the Word Paintings..
There is definitely a link between the past and the present, a link that spans close to 25 years of work. The canvas showing through, the grid patterns. I am sure there is some sort of psychological explanation to all of this, but that isn't really my thing. I would rather just do the work noting the obvious progression in the visual and toss the rest to the ether. Let the future sort it all out. Today I am just happy to be doing the things I love.
This new work in progress is 24x24 and the canvas has a nice tooth. In the past I would stretch all my own canvas (and will do so again when I get back in my big studio) using a coarse linen as well as mural linen that has the feel of burlap. I like this very much and it takes texture well. I also still have my stock pile of found metals, so circling back around to more of that would not be out of the question. Not to mention getting back in the habit of frequenting Architectural Salvage and junk shops for cool and unusual pieces to add to my paintings..