Does this piece look vaguely familiar to you? Do you feel as if you’ve seen it somewhere before? Well, look at my last blog. This is the piece the collectors of the previous commission saw, fell in love with and wanted me to paint. Just horizontal, not vertical. With Wisteria, they definitely wanted Wisteria.
Another couple also loved this painting. Everything but the Trumpet Vine. They lamented, “If only it had Wisteria draped over the doorway.” I thought to myself, “HMMMM, they may be on to something here.” Then I replied, “No problem. I can change that. It’s really a very simple process.”
The first step is to scrape off the Trumpet Vine. I place my hand flat against the back of the canvas in the area where I’m going to scrape.
Then, holding a single edge razor blade as shown above I carefully scrape off the thick texture of the orange flowers. I work the blade in a back and forth motion over the surface of the canvas. My hand placed flat on the back pushes against the canvas in the location I’m scraping. This is the trickiest part of the procedure. I don’t want to get too rambunctious with the razor blade and cut through the canvas. Now that would be a problem!
Let’s start the Wisteria. I just paint over the now smooth surface, covering the orange.
The Trumpet Vine is morphing into Wisteria! I let some of the greens from the previous foliage show through, adding to the dimension.
The change over is complete. It’s amazing how smart my collectors are. This is a much better painting with Wisteria over the door. The color is more muted than the Trumpet Vine, allowing the viewer’s gaze to go to the fountain and the sunlit scene beyond. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik