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07-28-2005, 12:10 AM
Garden Door
24" x 13" on polyester

It's finally done! I wish I could say this took weeks to do but it's more like months. Anyway it was a great learning experience.

The scene is fantasy, inspired by a photo I took of an old brick gas-station here in town overgrown with ivy, Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, and the unusual long format of a Parrish painting with a jester on a wall which I don't have at hand at the moment.

Some areas of the painting were done opaquely. Others, like the bricks, are glazes of unmixed color layered over white. Yes the bricks took forever this way.

There is of course a lot I'd like to change but oh well. Critique away as I'm trying to get better. I probably won't make any major changes because I've made too much of an investment in this already, but it would still be good to think about.

There's lot more I could say, but taking people through the (long) story of this painting would probably bore while it wore away my fingers.

Thanks For Looking,

- Matthew Durante

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07-28-2005, 12:28 AM
Here's one story I'll share quickly.

I use stencils, and was experimenting with them. I thought: wow, this spray-on adhesive stuff is cool, I'll try spraying that on the back of my acetate stencils and affix them to my painting! Yes, what a great idea. Boy did it stink when I sprayed it. But it worked! Stencil sticked.

I built up layers. Everything was happy. I applied and removed different stencils multiple times. La-la-la.

Than I noticed something.

A bubble.

An air bubble!

My layers of paint were being forced-up by the adhesive of the stencils as I pulled them off! This was a tragedy! I renounced spray-on adhesive.

But I had to fix the bubble. My strategy was to make two perpedicular cuts across it, opening the bubble like the zit it was, then cut away the skin and try to make repairs. I tried this. I tried but --

The resulting hole looked so terrible that I lost my temper! I couldn't believe I had wasted two weeks on this painting only to see it marred by this crater! So I tore and I tore:


And when I was done tearing I laughed sadly because my painting was now a ball. It's true:


I now have the world's most melancholy stress-ball. But I've learned my lesson. I was able to reuse the panel and start over and life continues.

- Matthew Durante

07-28-2005, 02:13 AM
First of all, Wonderful Painting! :clap: I can feel the texture of the brick by looking at your painting. Very lovely! Thanks for sharing it!
On another note: Good for you Matthew! :D ha. When life hands you lemons...or air bubbles...make the worlds largest stress ball....OR SCULPTURE...hmmmmmm...I'll be looking to see what wonderful masterpiece you come up with!!!!

07-28-2005, 07:37 AM
Good work Mathew...i like the colours...and the light on the grass from the archway is lovely.

07-28-2005, 09:19 AM
Colors are wounderful. So bright and cheery. I love it. Jan

Lady Carol
07-28-2005, 11:12 AM
A wonderful fantasy. The open door just invites a walk through to inspect the garden behind the wall.

You should put that info in the Tips Thread as a warning for others.