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on: December 01, 2017, 12:21:07 PM
Seems I've fallen into a pattern lately, that isn't necessarily bad, but still better than i used to be.  Now, i tend to end a painting by getting it out several times after I've called it done, but i'll tweak, pretty much by experimenting here and there on the accents, without changing anything bold. After that, I'll put it away, mind filled with self doubt, and cringing what I've done, but still.........in reality, the tweaking could have gone both ways.............a tad better, or a tad worse. I just put up with the annoying sense of doubt it feel. I feel regretful I do it, but it's a toss of the dice. But never any radical changes, like i used to do and spend 30-40 hours "fixing" things when they ALWAYS went in a direction for the worse. So things are better now.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #1 on: January 20, 2018, 04:03:43 PM
Have you considered letting the work dry to the touch then give it a coat of Liquin?  After the Liquin dries you can work on it and wipe it back to the coating if you don't like what you've done.
The time it (a work) takes is the time it takes.


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Reply #2 on: January 26, 2018, 11:37:54 AM
Brilliant idea Stoney.... Can anyone tell me how to do that with watercolour?


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Reply #3 on: January 29, 2018, 01:39:35 AM
Brilliant idea Stoney.... Can anyone tell me how to do that with watercolour?

Isn't there a type of thin clear coat watercolour medium?  You might try it on either a scrap piece of matboard or water color paper.

Long ago I screwed up on a small oil painting and mistakenly taken the table line all the way across before I had put in an oval bowl of Peaches on it.  You could see it.  Can't recall all the details but there were areas I wanted to keep while still eliminating that pesky line in others.

No one had any idea how to fix it.  With nothing to lose I went and got some of the brush on watercolor frisket.  I put that on and was able to paint over the areas I needed to while not messing with the rest.

The big question was the frisket going to be able to be rubbed off. It did. People said how 'brave' I was to try it.  Heck, if it didn't work I was going to have to restart it, anyway.  There was nothing to lose and much to possibly gain.
The time it (a work) takes is the time it takes.


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Reply #4 on: January 29, 2018, 02:06:27 AM
Change brave to "brilliant"! :clap:


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Reply #5 on: January 29, 2018, 06:23:00 PM
I accidentally used some of the permanent masking fluid instead of the removable one once. W/C doesn't work then.... good call with the oils. I am guessing the oil paint never separated from the masking?


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Reply #6 on: January 30, 2018, 03:31:39 PM
Change brave to "brilliant"! :clap:

Nah.  I muddle along and get lucky sometimes.  Cheers.
The time it (a work) takes is the time it takes.


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Reply #7 on: January 30, 2018, 03:34:52 PM
I accidentally used some of the permanent masking fluid instead of the removable one once. W/C doesn't work then.... good call with the oils. I am guessing the oil paint never separated from the masking?

I'm not sure what you're asking.  The masking fluid protected the proper areas and I could paint over it along with the areas I wanted to change with no problem.  After the paint dried the masking fluid did come off and there was no damage to the paint layers below.
The time it (a work) takes is the time it takes.


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Reply #8 on: January 30, 2018, 03:36:29 PM
I should note; once I'm done with an oil painting the whole thing gets a coat of Liquin to protect it.
The time it (a work) takes is the time it takes.