24/03/2015: What art school didn't teach me: painting on canvas

 

 

 

This is one of my first paintings on canvas, not the first one, the first one failed completely. The switch from paper to canvas was more difficult than I would have thought. 

In art school, all we did was paint on paper, most of the time it was that sturdy Steinbach paper. To be honest, that was already expensive as we consumed a lot of it. And I really liked it, I was used to it. I was used to the texture, I knew how it absorbed charcoal and liquids. Steinbach was a constant.

A few years later, I decided to go for canvas ... the material 'real' artists used. And I felt like an amateur, it just wasn't love at first sight. It took time and a lot of work. I felt like I had to learn to paint all over again. What also came as a surprise is that there are different types of canvasses, there is linnen, cotton ... all with a different base coat, density and different specifics. I even bought a canvas with no base coat which totally didn't work for me, it was almost impossible to paint on, I had to use soo much paint as the canvas absorbed it all ...

Exercise, exercise, exercise ... I think I have nailed it by now, but it would have been easier if this basic knowledge would have been at least mentioned in art school. I'm curious if there are other artists that had the same experience, I would love to hear your stories!