Occasionally I’ll read an article about some old Masters painting that was x-rayed to reveal another painting underneath. The writer will seem amazed and surprised by this. Oh, if those writers only knew how common this is for painters!
This painting morphed several times. In its last three incarnations it hung in my studio like a reproach saying “are you reallysatisfied with me?” I would stare back at it and try to imagine what it could be. I’d pick out the parts that I really liked and visualize how I could retain them and change the rest. I’d think about what colors to obliterate and then every 6 months I’d take it off the wall and work on it some more.
|Tulips lift my heart!|
I squirted matte medium over the entire canvas and then brushed first blue paint, then green over the canvas in strategic places. I used my rubber tipped color shaper to pull away some of the blue and green pants to reveal the tulips underneath.
|Adding matt medium slows down the drying time so there is time to shape and scrape the surface.|
Finally, I brushed some red and yellow on top of the painting to suggest the tulips.I am happy with the outcome of this painting. I like the colours now. The green and blue create a movement in the painting that I think expresses the energy those flowers transmit. The tulips explode to the surface.
However, that could change in another 6 months. When is a painting finished? That can be a very tricky question.
|I paint on a flat surface so that the matt medium and fluid acrylics don’t run.|