From: Christina Z. Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 05/01/01-08:35:49 AM Z
As a painter, I would decline this proposition because it is probable
that you would not like the next try. I would be really scared to paint
someone else's painting in the first place, unless you were to guarantee
payment even with dissatisfaction. However, the chances of coming up with a
better second try are less.
That said, you probably did the right thing in soaking off the sky.
Any abrading of the paper surface will just make the next layer of paint
grab in all the abraded places, so DON'T scrub. The only thing you can do
is soak the color off. But there are colors that don't soak off well
because they are are more staining colors. It may be that problem that you
are having--the red in the sky, if alizarin crimson, is a staining color
(altho fugitive with time). Other staining colors are sap green,
phthalocyanine blue, etc. Some papers grab more and don't release color so
that may also be your problem.
You can blot, not rub, with cotton or a sponge. Keep soaking and
blotting. Gum arabic when used in the paint mix will make a paint lift more
easily, but I don't know if soaking the gum arabic into the wet paper will
do the trick after the fact.
There is no chemistry I know of that will "bleach" the color out of
> A few years ago, I commissioned a 30X40 water color and for a myriad of
> reasons almost ended up with what I asked for. In particular, the top 1/3
> of the piece (the sky) is wretched. I took the piece outside (mounted on
> plywood backing), turned it upside down and gently hosed/brushed the area
> question. What remains actually looks much better the the original.
> My goal is to further clear the affected area and to have the sky
> by a local artist. This is a job that several have declined. My thought
> that if I can clear the paper more fully, I might be more successful in
> finding the artist for the job.
> My question is, how would one clear/soften the remaining (though much more
> subtle) hard ines. More brushing may abraid the surface beyound
> and the wrong chemistry will definitely affect the new painting.
> Check it out - http://www.mcn.org/K/NICK/badsky.jpg Keep in mind that I
> have altered the contrast to bring out the hard lines that I'm referring
> Any ideas?
> Many Thanks,
> "Your Image is Our Business"
> fax 785-3435
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