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Plywood, good for painting?

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When creativity strikes, it takes a more lethal force than a ruptured oil well. You need an outlet to get it out of your system-song writers, musicians, artists, you may be well aware of this. Often, frustrating roadblocks do crop up, say, like the dearth of materials. On such days, I take umbrage under discarded materials- old card boards, paper, plastic sheets, wooden crates.

Thus, I found a long piece of plywood. Gleefully, I went on with process. It was slippery and the colours kept sliding off, even a background didn't look promising. Another artist would have just shrugged and kept going. Me? That's when my neighbor's son walked in-my very first live model. As any five year old, he kept fidgeting about for the minute he made history. You can find him, looking older, in the painting, if you search. The rest of the painting is just the process finding itself.

If you want to paint on plywood, feel free, but the material not for me. Okay, temporary appeasement for the creative veins-affirmative.

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materials do matter..... by Merlin Flower on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 8:15:02 AM
We agree, plywood is great for Abstract art. My fa... by Steve Windisch (jibbguy) on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 4:02:48 PM
It ALMOST convinced me to haul out the drawing pap... by GLloyd Rowsey on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 8:59:38 PM
Some very great tips there. Very doable and you ju... by Merlin Flower on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 9:38:05 PM
If I could write for your art work, that would mak... by Merlin Flower on Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 at 9:40:25 PM
I have exactly one artwork to my name (actually I ... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, Sep 20, 2010 at 12:31:48 AM
Yes, we would like to see the watercolour. No prob... by Merlin Flower on Monday, Sep 20, 2010 at 12:40:24 AM
But it will be a couple of days at least. I'm out... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, Sep 20, 2010 at 6:58:18 AM
Please take your time, we are always here!... by Merlin Flower on Monday, Sep 20, 2010 at 7:00:23 AM
and it's still good.It's a portrait of Coleman Haw... by martinweiss on Monday, Sep 20, 2010 at 12:48:43 PM
It got me thinking-paints in paper do fade away! I... by Merlin Flower on Monday, Sep 20, 2010 at 9:15:43 PM