Posted by: Kate
Hey, remember this? It's that painting I abandoned! I distinctly remember thinking that running a blog would be good for me because the dread of failing publicly would force me to do good work...and then the first painting I charted on here completely defeated me, and left me sitting on my studio floor sobbing great big snot bubbles the day before we had to vacate our Toronto studio to move across country. Well, flash forward to now, and I am one year older, and wiser, and stronger. This painting is no match for me now. I also have a new arsenal of weapons, courtesy of Natural Pigments.
After oiling out with Oleogel (which creates a nice workable surface that is not too slick and sloppy the way linseed oil can be), I brushed on some transparent shadows using my standby Ultramarine and Red Oxide mixture, cut with some Wilson's Medium for added transparency and smoothness. This is my first time using this medium and I have to say that I found it very distracting every time Tom Hanks yelled "Wilson!" in my head, which was pretty much every time I glanced at the tube. Otherwise, the medium worked very well. It seemed to solidify a bit as the hours went by, yet it didn't develop a nasty tackiness as it did so. It also remained workable on the paint surface, so I found it easy to go back to areas that I hadn't touched for an hour, and the fresher paint blended in with the older paint just fine. This is a big plus. After some noodling around, trying to figure out what my game plan was, I settled on a plan and wiped everything down, applied some fresh Oleogel, and started over.
And here is my painting the way I intended it to be. I admit that there was a moment where I lost courage and I had to break out the big guns and use a Rosemary Mongoose Flat to get that softness in the shadows. But, of course, a painting that I agonized over for over a year took only about an hour and a half to finish.
I should probably go back and put some writing on that big blank page. Ya think?