Donna Clair

Southwest Contemporary Artist

Blank is the end and blank is the beginning —
A whole new chapter – the front yard was full of magpies this morning –
a wonderful omen. I learned a new word today – “hybridity” – and
realized, yes I am a hybrid – a life lived in many layers!

Find your own way of doing things – this just happens to be how I begin a painting.  There is a “craft” to creativity! This is a 40″by 40″ canvas – plan to block
it in with a painting of Abiquiu – I use a fine textured/pre-primed Belgian Linen on heavy-duty stretcher bars.  Mix gesso with water to a medium consistency, add Payne’s Grey for a light blue/grey ground – a “grisaille”.  The toned ground eliminates a fight with the white spaces and nicely modulates the colors of the final painting. 


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