A couple of weeks ago, I was participating in the Ann Arbor Westside Art Hop, and I enjoyed talking with so many different people! One topic that came up was finding a way to reuse old canvases from art that maybe isn’t to a person’s taste any longer (or was passed down from a family elder, and doesn’t fit your lifestyle). I have been interested in finding ways to increase environmental sustainability, and one way I have done so is to reuse a canvas that was previously painted.
I have done this on several of my pieces. Some I let a little of the old artwork show through, like in this one:
Others I have covered over the entire old painting, but still some brush strokes come through:
In any case, the old painting needs to be sanded to prepare the surface for the new paint to adhere properly. The sanding is work, but it feels good to know that I’ve kept something out of the landfill, and that something new will be created out of this old treasure.
If you would like to donate an old canvas to me, please let me know! Thank you!