Recycled and Repaired

Many artist use recycle materials to create artworks. Glenda paints in oil paint on canvas. To reduced the environmental impact Glenda does several things which does not reduced the quality of the finished works but reduces casting materials aside as rubbish.


Glenda gets many of her canvases from a local charity shop that sells them to her cheaply. If it is possible to give the commercially made prints a coat of gesso They can be reused. Sometimes, they are pulled apart and used as firewood and collage material.


Because of the variety of canvases the hanging systems vary. Glenda does her best to let you know the details of each canvas. If you think you might have a problem please ask her.


Glenda will also paint over some of her own works giving them a new look.


Occasionally, a canvas is sagging and Glenda will spray the back with water to tighten the canvas as it drys. Sometimes an easel goes through the corner of a canvas :---( producing a hole. Glenda can patch holes with spare canvas and glue. The holes are hidden under the thick layers of oil paint that Glenda uses and are not visible. A good canvas has been saved!


Glenda uses baby oil to clean her brushes not water, soap or white spirit,

so very little chemical goes down the drain. She used old rags and paper towel to pull the paint of the brushes and pallet knives. Her oil brushes are kept separate from water based paint brushes and are protected by the oil residue. Some paint is thrown away but any spare often ends up as an underpainting on a new canvas. Modern artists are fortunate to have relatively inexpensive paints ready made but Glenda is aware of the environmental impact of wasting paint.

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