I could rant about all the ways my printer gave me grief this week, but the lowlight of my week was the varnish drying unevenly on my painting. Some imperfections can be fixed with additional coats of varnish, but I knew in this case the varnish needed to be stripped.
Stripping varnish is always a nerve racking process. And this was the first time I have had to remove varnish from a painting with gouache. Here are some photos capturing the process.
I ultimately decided to leave this area unvarnished, because I prefer the chalky matte look of the gouache. Here is a look at the finished painting.
It's titled Alpine Reverie. I'm happy to say that the painting, as well as two other works, are now en route to London.
I also have 80+ prints headed to Dallas, Texas. We Are 1976 is restocking their shelves with more of my art. Yay!
Even though it's been a crazy busy week and my patience and fortitude were tested to the nth degree, I am very grateful for it all. And I'm so thankful for a husband who was willing to take on the role as art assistant for the week- scrubbing dried paint off of palettes, cutting cardboard, running errands to art stores, and making me tea. Thanks, honey. Now, do you mind tackling the mess on my art desk for me?