Saturday, August 23, 2014
As much as we would all like, not every painting turns out as we anticipated. Mine get put into cupboard, tubs or on shelves to be pulled out weeks sometimes even years later for review. Some are worked on more, some torn up or trashed and then there are some that I paint over.
I had this image of bleeding hearts that always appealed to me. I had several of these plants in the garden and always loved the old fashioned heart shaped flowers that bloomed reliably year after year. I was looking for a rectangular panel and had nothing new in the size I wanted. I rummaged around and found an old painting that never quite worked and decided it would fit the bill. Its a 10" x 20" canvas panel so fit the composition nicely.
I'm no purist. I don't sand and gesso and sand and gesso an old piece before painting over it. I jump straight in. The rule is that it must be the same medium on the old piece as what I am using. Other than that, there are no rules. And as I'm using a palette knife, any texture on the original painting doesn't affect the new layer.
So stay tuned for the finished painting. And yes, it is flowers. I know. I must have hit my head somewhere...