Friday, February 17, 2012
Jumping off a cliff
I started this painting of the Cliffs of Moher a few months ago, then put it aside. I pulled it out the other night to see if it is salvageable and added a few more layers of glazing to it. Its 30 x 40 on a stretched canvas using oil paint. The problem is that the canvas is old, not fabulous quality and when painted, the crossbars are showing through as seen here. Getting an image of the painting has proven to be more difficult than the canvas. Size, lack of daylight, etc., etc. But you get the idea.
Can it be saved?
My thought is taking it off the current stretcher bars, buying some new, better quality bars and restretching it. I haven't tried this before, so I don't know if it will work, or if the marks of the crossbars on the painting are permenent and won't be eliminated with stretching.
Or should I simply chalk it up to experience and let it become fodder for a bonfire in the field. Perhaps it could give birth to some new charcoal. The more I look at it, the more I think it is destined to be classed as an experience and left to live out its days in the utility room or lining a wall in the barn.
I try not to become frustrated with paintings or tools, but this one does frustrate. Maybe that's a sign to leave well enough alone.