Frustrations working with a new kind of canvas

Here’s a screen shot from last night’s session. Last night I started the actual painting after finishing more test sheets during the day. I have three paintings on the go and not one of them is turning out like I planned…and thank goodness, how boring would that be?

I am working with a type of canvas I never used before and I realize my folly now: I should have done my test sheets on this canvas. My ink is behaving differently than I am used to. It will be interesting to see how I overcome this. Right now nothing I made looks like the reference paintings they are based on which is okay, but just a tad frustrating. I might have to gesso all of my canvases because the clear primer does not appear to be hydrophobic at all, it is instead absorbing liquid and making some textures I am used to incorporating impossible to create.

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