Saturday, 30 July 2011

A lesson learned!

On a recent painting trip it rained and I kept painting anyway. The rain fell on my palette and painting but the oil and water seemed to stay separate. I did my best en plein air piece so far...

I left it alone in the studio to dry and came back a few days later. I was pretty gutted by what I saw. The whole piece was now covered with a network or cracks and all the darks had chalked out. Stupid rain and stupid Jake! The problem was exacerbated by the fact that the board I used had a heavy amount of old (several months dry) paint on it so the old thin over lean rule was broken.
I will be adding a big umbrella to my painting kit asap.

Here is the piece including a detail:



3 comments:

Ben Newman said...

I don't actually mind it. Maybe try putting a thin colour wash across the whole thing to take some of the white out of the cracks?

Aidan said...

cripes! you live and learn though!

Aaron Robinson said...

You'd think they would put a 'do not mix/thin with rain/champagne/tears etc' warning on the label. I would consider legal action.