Ruined Art

Frames cost a lot of money, especially when you have to have a custom sized frame made for an odd-shaped painting. This is why most of my paintings remain unframed. Consequently, I’ve stored a lot of them by simply stacking them against one another.

This raises a problem with oil paintings, because for some reason they seem to retain a certain tackiness — at least mine seem to have done so. Consequently, the oil paintings I did on canvas paper, which is essentially a coated paper with a canvas texture, haven’t fared so well. One of them in particular (which I painted for our kitchen but never got around to framing) I found to be completely ruined when pulling it out recently. Parts of the painting’s surface had stuck to the boards against which it rested and pulled away from the paper stock, which ripped large chunks from the painting. So now, maybe, some day, I’ll get around to recreating this painting… But I doubt it.

Before and after images. Thankfully I took a photo of the oil painting before it was ruined.

The lesson to be learned is, carefully store your art so that this doesn’t happen to you.

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Cooking With Oil

I haven’t oil painted in years. It’s not that I don’t want to. It’s just that in this digital age, clients have no problem asking me to make revisions which would otherwise be impossible if I were executing a project in oil paints. Once a painting is done, it’s done. If a client asked me to make a major revision, I’d have to start completely over.

chef cookOh, sure, I could get the client to approve a design before I begin the actual painting, which is how I used to work. However, clients seem to believe that they can still ask for revisions even after they’ve approved a design. That’s because they’ve become used to the ease by which changes can now be made to an existing image. Of course, that assumes the image was digitally created in the first place. I suppose I could always scan a painting and come back and edit later if changes are necessary, but that leaves me with a physical painting that, in my mind, no longer represents the finished work.

Another aspect of no longer working in traditional media is that I no longer have original artwork to hang. Although, because I still begin a digital painting by creating the drawing on paper, I do have an original drawing, but that’s not as nice as having a painting. So that’s a big drawback of digital art, in my mind.

In any case, the particular oil painting (sans the added verbiage) which you see in this post hangs in our kitchen. I didn’t create it for a client. I painted it with the intent of creating a series of caricature paintings to try to sell through a gallery. I only managed to finish three before I had to move on to other projects, so now two of them just hang in our home. I’d like to eventually get back to oil painting some day, even if it’s just for my own pleasure.

So how many of you still create your commercial work in traditional paint media? Anyone?