A request came in from a delightful gentleman for a painting to be done of a vintage floral still life print of a vase of asters which was published in the early 1900's by Edward Gross co. There was no artist name anywhere to be found on the print and he did not think it was of any great value. But the print meant a lot to him.
His mother had bought the elaborately framed art piece on her honeymoon, and she had left it to him when she passed away. But a family member recently decided it needed cleaning with a damp rag. Hmm. That did not work out very well as you can see below:
Ouch! Poor print. The entire background was obliterated except at the edges which were concealed by the frame. Most of the color, detail and contrasts in the flowers and vase were washed out as well. This was very distressing because the print had great sentimental value as you can imagine.
My mission was to do a new painting of this piece to restore the colors and detail to its former beauty. A little tricky considering what I was working from.
This was my first attempt:
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Thursday, March 08, 2012
And, of course, I was doing some shopping myself and getting ready for a house full of people for Christmas dinner.
When I checked out at the store the second week of December with two gallons of paint in hand along with assorted wall painting supplies, the clerk looked at me and said, "Are you out of your mind, painting your house at this time of year?"
I must be. Because I was not going to just paint the walls, no. That's too conventional. I had this idea of how nice an artist's studio would look with stucco walls or plaster walls. When I found directions online for faux Venetian plaster walls, I knew this was it. "I'll get it done this weekend," I thought. One... week... later... it was finally finished.
So now I have nice walls to hang my artwork on for photo shoots.
OK, let's see how this is done: