‘The 100’ #95 – Invitation to Play 1

invitation to play

A ‘double dipping‘ post – #95 in my ‘The 100’ series plus the beginning of a light hearted challenge for you and for me.

Below is a blank canvas sitting on my easel – it measures 24″ x 20″ (60.96 cm x 50.8 cm).


The concept behind ‘Invitation to Play’ is that I will paint this canvas according to your suggestions.

This challenge will proceed in stages starting with this post.

Stage 1 is breaking the white of the canvas by applying layers of acrylic washes.

For Stage 1: You suggest one or two colours for me to apply in washes to the canvas and how you want me to apply them…flat, straight lines, zigzag, gesturally, random, scrubbed etc… with a brush, a rag, my fingers or whatever you can come up with. No subject at this point, just process.

 I will act on the first three suggestions received. (If I can add more, I will).

I’ll post the suggestions that I will use for Stage 1 along the results of the process as it happens.

Feedback of any kind is welcome from everyone and those whose ideas are used can respond to the feedback. Let’s get a lively forum going. I am only the painter following your suggestions (although employing all and every artistic license of course) and won’t participate in the forum. However, I will write about my process and experiences as we go.

 Stage 2 will involve a building onto the first layers and your suggestions will depend on what you see in what has already happened. Other stages will follow until we decide it is done. Because of the process I imagine the results will be more abstract than figurative, but anything is possible…

Are you on board for this collaborative painting? Be the first to send your suggestions for Stage 1…

SO. HERE. WE. GO…..Fanfare of trumpets…Roll of drums…Searching for long lost colour wheels under bed…

‘The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of text based art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu.

The ‘Invitation to Play‘ painting is a found image photographed in a local park in East Vancouver. I don’t know the artist but will credit you if you contact me. I thank you for inspiring the title for this post.

29 thoughts on “‘The 100’ #95 – Invitation to Play 1

    1. Robert, before I add your yellow please suggest a choice of ‘weapon’ – brush, rag, fingers etc…also if you want the application done in any particular way…cheers


    2. excellent Robert, was hoping someone would suggest palette knife…haven’t begun applying your yellow yet so will use rag and knife when I do…thanks my friend…


  1. I go with the turquoise too. I often drink the paint and spray it on the canvas through the gap in my upper front teeth. If not anatomically constructed suggest the stomp effect by putting paint on soles of shoes.


  2. love being a part of this community and excited about experimenting with Art Play I also do a lot of process painting but also mixed media . Looking forward to seeing other’s work and connecting with other artists NC artist. Joy


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