The Dark Universe brightens up a tad

A splash of white

A splash of white

It took a lot longer than necessary to do this simple second wash. First off, I had to spend a lot of time considering and discarding possibilities, which is also a great time-waster on the surface but vital to my slow process. Second, that horse show with the quadrille performances got in the way. And third, I poured this white paint over the canvas and loved it, but it was quite soupy and took days to dry even though I left it outside. (G)naturally, since it was outside for a few days, when it was finally dry enough to ink in the outlines of the lily pads I had to scrape off a lot of gnat bodies before I could do that. I don’t have any idea what drives gnats to suicide via turpentine, but am thinking I probably don’t want to know anyway.

If you look carefully at the photo you can see the outlines of the future lily pads, but they are much fainter at the bottom than the top of the canvas. The white paint was still very slightly sticky and didn’t want to take the ink, even though I went over it twice. It’s good enough for me to see it, so just take my word on that…

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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5 Responses to The Dark Universe brightens up a tad

  1. Those gnats are self-immolating. Can I have a scoop of that with some caramel sauce, by the way.


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