Yep, i've spend 3 weekends messing with this painting, and basically i'm tired of it and ready to move on... I'm calling it done!
A painting can always be toyed with endlessly, but sometimes you just have to know when to stop...
here is how the painting started....
brushed in, then wiped out color...
here is where i went in the next weekend after it had dried, and darkened the dark areas, just adding contrast
you can see that just darkening around the rose really makes it pop...
contrast is cool!
and now with some color added....
this is a big ole painting, 30 x 40, so it has alot of impact..
now wanna hear a story...?
years ago when i first started painting
i didn't know alot about supplies
i didn't know much about archival stuff
and when to use quality, and where you could skimp and save money
i didn't have alot of money, and canvases were expensive
so i painted on plywood alot
linseed oil is also pretty darn expensive!
so one day i found some boiled linseed oil at Home Depot
it was like $8.00 for a gallon
i was in hog heaven, i thought i was so clever to buy it and use it on paintings, and was just so sure that art supply stores were ripping me off with their pricey little
containers of linseed oil!
I painted this painting using boiled linseed oil
It was so pretty and airy when it was done, i really liked it
but it turns out that painting with boiled linseed oil, is like the worst thing one could possibly use for an oil painting,
it is not really boiled, but does have solvents added to it and could even eventually eat through the canvas, or something horrible like that
Opposite of Archival !
which basically means something that will retain it's quality for a really long time!
Sure enough over the ears, this painting has yellowed to the point that the color is so poor
it's kind of an awful yellowed apricot
So the moral of the story,
when you do buy art supplies for painting
consider that you might end up painting something more beautiful than you thought you could!
and get the best quality supplies you can afford!
I always liked the composition of the painting though,
15 years later
i repainted it
and this time
no boiled linseed oil!