Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Vegas Tale Was True, But A Stall
Today, I began the process-- A layer of denatured alcohol, let it sit a bit, scrape a bit, wash the surface off, dry it and do it again. Proceed section by section. I do want to salvage the canvas. I want the surface back undamaged with the tooth clean enough to take a thin layer of gesso. It'll take me a few days. Careful is the key operative.
Before this painting, I thought all drawings and paintings could be salvaged. Fall changed that opinion. My failure was my choice of reference photo. The coloration of it sent me down the wrong path for the quadtyck. A foreground was non existent, whereas in the other two paintings, it is. I could have added one had I caught that fact sooner, before the paint became too heavy and obliterated the tooth of the canvas (visible evidence of my frustration). The photo was a bad choice I concluded yesterday as I drew the same conclusion about the Vegas trip. So hunting I will go again with camera in hand for a new reference photo for both fall and winter when the time comes. I will also hunt for a new gathering spot where everyone in the family, not just those two under twelve, will be comfortable.
NOTE: The guy you've seen napping in these photos is actually a replica of Honey I found at Walmarts. It adds life to the pix don't you think?