Painting count for 2018: 16
Seven on paper, four on canvas, and five on panel.
Today I finished a 24 x 36 canvas. It was a redo. I had painted a mountain road scene on it in 2016 that I could never get quite right. The piece was covered in tape lines. Those things don't go away.
I tried sanding them down.
I applied layer after layer of gesso and sanded again.
I hate wasting things, even a 24 x 36 inch piece of canvas, so I painted over it anyway. The faint lines from the old painting peak through when the light hits it just right.
Ghostly marks of past creative visions.
I'm not sure if I'll ever put it up for sale on my website. I'd rather sell it to someone who sees it in person. Full disclosure of its past life and how it resurfaces from time to time.
Now that I think of it, it is fitting for a glacier painting to cover and conceal a previous piece. Glaciers have trapped particles throughout history and as the sun hits them, melting the ice, bits of dust and gas are released. Fragments of the past resurfacing.
At least my new painting won't melt.