Sunday, November 22, 2009
Painting over another old painting..it's becoming my thang
I am the self-appointed Queen of the paint-over! Hey..this is sort of a "green" thing, isn't it? Green as in Recycle! Today's experiment went pretty smoothly, although I had to deal with some temptation to leave the original (failed) painting in here and there. (Talk about green!). Usually it's easy to tune out the old painting..but today was a challenge for sure! 3/4's of the way through I was really wishing I would have painted it onto a plain canvas (because there was a skirmish going on between the new shapes and the old ones). In the end, however, --my painting is pretty much what I envisioned.
To paint over an old painting:
1. Sand the "bad" painting:
2. Mix Galkyd Lite and mineral spirits together (50/50%) and slather it onto the surface with a gloved hand*
3. Establish the overall design of the painting, making certain to show the shadow side of things as well as the cast shadows
(use a color that won't go muddy with other colors..I used purple):
4. a. paint the darkest dark, b. paint the lightest light, c. paint the "easiest" color (this time: green!) d. cover the entire surface quickly..(the purple/blue background was important to get in so I could know how everything else will relate)
5. When painting something familiar (like apples) provide a variety of reds in color spots to create the illusion of shape..(don't paint your apples all one red!)
* I learned this sand/galkyd routine in Kevin MacPherson's book (although he doesn't paint over a completely different painting like I do). It is remarkable how much it feels like you are painting wet into wet just like you would if you weren't painting over something..you should try it!
(and thanks to Elio Camacho, who once specifically gave me lesson in painting apples!)!