During my early art career I was painting walls as a side job.  You know, the kind of painting where you isolate colour from another using outrageous dexterity? or option b: painter’s tape.  I thought there must be a place for painter’s tape on my canvas.  Not much of a story to it, just another technique I wanted to try out.  For the most part, people didn’t get ‘grabbed’ by my line paintings, but then there were certain paintings that did.  I figured that it’s not the choice of subject (abstract lines) that is the problem, but I just needed to do it better.  I needed some flair and consistency.  It couldn’t be boring, but somehow it needed to be about something, despite having little subject.  I only just discovered the line paintings of Gene Davis today, and it may have helped me paint differently doing my lines.

Sky Wagon by Gene Davis 1969
Sky Wagon by Gene Davis 1969

I hate to put my little painting on the same post as this one because they hardly compare both in scale and sophistication.  At least I can see that either I am onto something or I should just give up.  I guess it doesn’t matter if it’s been done.  Some people will copy paintings – like try and repaint a Van Gogh.  Cover bands do it with music.  I may as well do it with art.  Mine will still be an original because I did it.  But good luck to me with this one!  I don’t have room for a canvas this big anywhere, and finding the time and money for supplies will be a unique challenge as well.  I think I would enjoy repainting this.  So here is something I did to give you an idea of what I was doing (don’t laugh!)

Formations (aka Bacon Strip) by Benjamin Goward acrylic on canvas