WWM: Day 15, Canvas Project, Bedlam!



I have the word “BEDLAM” for my entry into the Canvas Project 2018

I started with sketches, as I only have one canvas!
I saw Yaman coming at me one night!

Bedlam is when the “kittens” get CRAZY just before bed.
It is their last hurrah, like kids wanting to stay up late.
They are sleeping, but if we don’t wake them they wake at midnight and start…
So we wake them around 10:00 pm: “WAKEY-WAKEY!”


A black head with green-yellow slits rises from the cat tree or the bottom of the bed…
not sure he is willing to do our bidding, we say it again
“WAKEY-WAKEY! WAKEY-WAKEY!” until he gets his sister up.

All hell breaks loose.  They streak around and sometimes jump clear over us until we finally say, “ENOUGH!  Come to bed.”

Then, shockingly, they settle in with us and sleep like logs all night.

When I decided to do this I didn’t think about canvas and watercolors…
And so, getting my sketch onto canvas has been a bit of a trial!

I tried watercolors and they sat on top of the canvas.
I suppose I could have found out how to prime it for watercolors (shellac?)
but I decided to go back in time to acrylics, my fist love, but here is the thing,
BEDLAM was conceived in watercolor,
and you know how picky we artists are when we get a vision?

I lived with the acrylic version for a couple of days.
I am happy with the thin watercolor transparent appearance I managed
on top of the odd canvas… I painted on primed canvases for years with acrylic
and never had problems like this one — the paint didn’t want to adhere.  Very strange.

My last change: I went back and thickened some of the lines on the canvas.

So trial and error, here it is: BEDLAM!

“Paint as you like and die Happy!*”

Want to join in the fun?
Use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth
when you post your drawing on any platform,
and add your watercolor to the gallery!
And come join Doodlewash…
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*Henry Miller, who also was a watercolorist!

About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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1 Response to WWM: Day 15, Canvas Project, Bedlam!

  1. Pingback: Canvas Project | D.Katie Powell Art

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