Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Killing, uh, I mean Filling Time...
I have been pulling out old paintings and playing a bit - or working a bit?- on them, to see if I can salvage the canvas, if not the work itself. Yesterday I worked on the Amaryllis painting, which had an incomplete background. I did as much as I could with it. It may be worth the Bargain Bin at an exhibit now. It is oil on canvas, size is 11x14" and the working title is "Grand Opening." (The photo has a wet painting sheen on the right side that isn't really there.)
I also worked on this painting, of my oldest son and his twins (my grandchildren) and Telly, their dog, making home-made ice cream. The problem with this painting is that it is on masonite, and I don't remember prepping (gessoing) the board. It has been very hard to paint on, and I'm not sure it can be salvaged. It is 16" square, and is my first attempt on masonite. Not sure I like masonite, but I wanted to try it. I have another one begun on it as well, and am having the same trouble with it - the paint doesn't sink into masonite, as it does on canvas, so it builds up quickly, and also dries very quickly. It's almost like working with acrylic again (which I hated, in this dry climate.)
I'm also still indexing my knit magazines, and have found a project I want to begin - several, in fact! Yea! I can't stand to sit in the evening with empty hands.