***Steve LaRose asked about the tooth marks in yesterday's painting, "Marin." No not a wood graining tool, but a toothed trowel used to apply tile goo to floors. I first paid attention to marks such as these when our NOLA house took just enough water to require all new flooring (many years before Katrina.) They took up the foyer parquet and we waited in line for flooring service for three months (and this was just one community, not the whole city.) During that time of bare floors, I became more and more interested in the swirl patterns on the bare concrete and would have been content to leave that area bare, but too much trouble to convince J and other staid members of my tribe. But... I could and did get my own toothed trowels, in varying sizes, and began marking my wet, textured, gessoed canvases with random claw marks. They are then passed over with a smooth trowel to dry with a look of stucco plaster.
I love texture under my paintings. It's additional labor, but it jump starts my paintings, providing hills and valleys that capture and hold color through additional layers. Some artists sing the praises of varying linens and weaves for painting... but my stuff looks naked without that undercurrent of thick texture. Now, don't expect oozes and icings... too much of a good thing is too much of a good thing. To give extra body to my gesso (Utrecht's lesser grade) I add powdered spackle (I've tried all the other powered additives, but spackle rocks!) And might as well mention, not all Home Depots are created equal... they don't carry the stuff in my local HD, have to remember to stock up when I'm back in NOLA. Wonder why that is?
Speaking of labor intensive studio chores... I'm almost back to normal with the rotor cuff nearly healed. Still some fine tuning to do in Physical Therapy, but it's about 90%. I'll know I'm home when I can sleep on my right side, still feels vulnerable, like it's an egg that might break. Must also find the easy way when moving big paintings around. Did I mention that I've a nasty touch of poison ivy on the crease of my elbow? It's all over the place at the lake and I'm going to Round-Up every last leaf of it! And wear long sleeves and pants from now on! BUT --- there are NO MOSQUITOES at the lake!!! Fair trade...
(BTW Steven, you and your snaggled toothed sidekick could hang with my tribe with no problem, be sure to sign up for next summer's sailing regatta/summer camp/family reunion.)