Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Experimental Painting Finished and Varnished

The Two Sisters
I have varnished my orchid painting and I am showing it here with a thin black frame that I have found for it. I have to admit that I am very pleased with the results. I took this picture inside tonight, so the colors may not be quite accurate, but I find the colors brighter and nicer than before the varnishing.

In case you have not read my previous posts, this was really an experimental piece since I glued the watercolor paper to a .75 inch thick cradled wool panel before painting.  I had some worries about the paper coming unglued at some edges when I used a lot of water, but all seems nice and solid now. The colors remained brighter on this surface than on my regular paper...hard to say why.

I was in a rush to find a frame for this 16" X 16" panel :I have an art show on Saturday and then, if this does not sell, it will be part, as of next Monday, of my first hanging in the Foyer Gallery ( Nepean Sportsplex) where  I have been juried in as a permanent member. For the time being, I have just put the frame over the painting; tomorrow, I will try to convince my framing shop to frame it while I wait ( I usually frame my watercolors myself, but I am not familiar with this type of frame). 

Would I use this technique again? Absolutely!...Unless some major problem develops with this painting in the next few hours ( heaven forbid!). I love the idea of not having to frame under glass!

What about " The Two Sisters" as a title?

Your thoughts?


  1. Glad you are happy with it - looks great from here!

  2. Thanks, Deb! Yes, I like it...I like the option of framing without does not look like a traditional watercolor, but it gives me a choice of two very different looks.

  3. So glad it worked and you're happy! The painting is lovely xx

  4. It looks wonderful, and congrats on the juried admission to the gallery.

  5. Ann and Pat, thank you very much. I got the painting back from the framer today and I am indeed pleased with it. It's off to an outdoor art show tomorrow at the Ottawa Experimental Farm ( where I go to take pictures of flowers) and then on Monday it's going to the Foyer Gallery for my first show there.

  6. This is beautiful! I love the colors. And your experiment sounds so interesting, you're pretty brave to try it, and it's pretty clear that it was a huge success. :)

  7. Crystal, I am thrilled to see you visiting my blog! I am very pleased that you like the results of my experiments.