|24" x 36" oil on stretched canvas|
My mother had purchased a painting for her dining room that always bothered me. It had sort of a Native American theme and a large part of the painting was the bottom of a stool. A stool? Really? The technique was realistic so there was no mistaking what that thing was that took up half the painting. Was the artist trying to be clever about something? Was I just missing the point? I didn't understand how all the objects fit together and Mom couldn't explain it she "Just liked it okay and needed something to fit in the space..." I guess I complained a lot about that painting because she asked if I could paint over it and give her something better.
I should have started from scratch because the painting was done in thick impasto and I could tell it had been taken off the original stretcher (and probably shipped), then re-stretched onto a really cheapo stretcher that was not put together properly. I reinforced the stretchers and stretched the canvas again, as carefully as possible. Then I covered over the painting with Flexible Ground and allowed it to dry completely before priming and beginning my painting.
You can still see a hint of Ground behind the painting but I kind of like the texture of it. Once varnished, some of the texture may disappear.
|The original painting|
|After the Ground is applied|
This painting is Not For Sale.