|Surface With Defacements, 17X22", Mixed media on hardboard|
This thing started innocently enough two months ago and glared at me the whole time. Was never going anywhere. I kept adding stripes, glazes, and at least one very funky scumble--enjoyed that. The whole time I wanted it to be more than it was going to be. I'm dying to get out and paint some landscapes--but nooo. Bill just sits there and contemplates what on earth to do with this slab of cement.
Then it happened. I had added some layer of goop somewhere along the line and decided it wasn't working and tried to remove it. Nothing worked. Tried everything from floor stripper to lacquer thinner. All I got was something like chewing gum on steroids and it wasn't removing. The more I tried the gummier it got. It was clogging up my brushes. The only thing that cleaned the brushes was hand cleaner (after using wood stripper). Shezam. The whole thing went over to the zink (Baltimoreeze for sink), and got coated with hand cleaner. Between that and the scrub brush I tore up the supersonic goo. The cement texture survived.
I added another layer of cemenrt in the large rectangle and started scribbling into it, just before the whole panel was about to go sailing across the room. I started liking it. I really liked it. Kept decorating it with colored pencils and splatter. It approved. I was finally off the hook. Put a fork in it--it's done.
My wife looked at it and said. "... so what's this an underpainting?" Grrrr.
OK there weren't any elves. They always get such a bad rap. Sorry fellas.