eightandahalfbyeleven

8 1/2″ x 11″

It seems that standard paper sizes are too much around us.

paper stretched across the entire tabletop

paper stretched across the entire tabletop

Just as the parking and movement of cars shape our buildings and cities, the 8 1/2 by 11 of the printer & photocopier shape the dimension of many workspaces and bookshelves. (A4 outside Canada & the US.)

It can be very limiting; …unless you break open to engage the arm and shoulder. i.e not remaining confined to the movement of an adult, human wrist.

And what the 8-1/2×11 ‘letter-size’ paper is to the pen …or keyboard, the 18×24 ‘cartridge pad’ is to the paintbrush: limiting.

sharing the canvas

sharing the canvas

So over the past few years, I’ve shifted towards rolls of paper for my Reckless Painting classes. And I’ve liked the results.

By covering the entire table with “canvas”, people are able to take up the space that they need. …someone who has had a very full day might need the chance to pull up a chair and focus in, …others might feel inclined to stand back and get their shoulder moving.

Table-tops covered with paper allow that. And, they create spaces in-between that help lead to the next few paintings. The shared canvas also allows for more movement across the table.

The shared – and larger – canvases allocate space and movement with fewer limits than people are used to working up against.

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