Perfect Day for the Studio

When it is 100 degrees out I can not think of a better place to spend some time other than the studio.  Well maybe in the water somewhere but no, really the studio is the best place!
So pulling out a fresh new 16 x 20 canvas, the paints, and a healthy dose of eagerness to really get into a project I started in.
Here are a couple of photo's of the "in process" stages.  I really needed to be working on sales generating activities but where is the fun in that?  I'd much rather be creating and here is the final and finished canvas.
Love Canvas
This one flowed seamlessly which made it even more fun to do and I see other things being created from this design which makes it even better!
Hopefully you have had a good weekend and are staying cool wherever you may be.

History of this canvas

Sometimes I know exactly what I want a piece of artwork to be start to finish and the steps to get it there.  Other times its a "go with the flow" type of activity.  Then there are those times when I have a general idea, start the process, step back and go "what?".  This was one of those canvases, a 12 x 36 to be exact.
Had I known this was going to become an involved creation I would have taken more photos along the way but here we go.
This was where it began going wrong.
Not that it is completely horrible, as it may have another application in my art somewhere but, its wasn't matching the vision I had and as a stand alone canvas it was missing the mark.  I couldn't figure out how to make it morph into something better and I believe I may have been experiencing a lack of patience. (No, not me!)  So it got painted over.
REALLY painted over. Plus using some masking liquid created some layer and dimension.
It had plenty more steps along the way.  Again, not documented.  The final piece coming out to look like this.
Quite a stark difference from where the canvas was I think.  And in person it looks richer in color.
So again, never throw away a canvas you don't like.  Breathe new life into it!

Happy 4th!

Hope everyone is having a very safe and fun 4th of July weekend.  May we appreciate and never take for granted our freedom, our heritage, and the men who founded and have fought over the years for our great land!