Tuesday, January 19, 2010
A Piece of My Mind!!!
The view of Marc's burn pile... That linen won't get me again!!!
I'm sharing this with you because this is a demo... and this is part of the process...
Right now I'm sitting here contemplating a drastic move with this painting. I'll explain.
First a warning... DO NOT buy Frederix RIX oil primed linen! That is unless you want a nightmare on your hands.
I already know this, but I have almost 5 yds of this junk and thought that maybe I could make it work. It's one of those linens that was the 'best', when it was primed with lead. I don't know what it's primed with now specifically (some sort of titanium/oil primer), but it's not lead and it SUCKS.
The block in (lot's of opaque and transparent darks) that I painted on it yesterday has not dried, but it looks like a piece of board painted with flat black spray paint! Yet the paint isn't even close to dry or even setting up. This stuff sucks the oil right out of the paint.
~I can take my finger and wipe the pigment, pigment only mind you, right off of the surface!!!! ARRRRGGH!!! ~
Since 1988, I've used about 5 six yard rolls of it, when it was still primed with lead, and... except for the cost $$$$$$... loved it. It has one of the most beautiful weaves of any linen I've tried, and it's strong.
Because of the expense, I hadn't purchased it for a number of years. I finally broke down and purchased a roll last year, painted two paintings with it and thought that it was really difficult to see the paint on. The color kept sinking or changing on me. But I thought that I could 'out paint it' just by brute force and make the negative side of it a non factor, so that's what I stretched up for this egret painting.
So... Now I'm faced with fighting this crap for the rest of this egret painting, or chucking it before it drives me nuts, and re-stretching something else to save my sanity... and this painting.
I think I'll go work out at the gym and think about it.
So how's your morning??? ;-)