©A.K.SIMON - Clearly Iris - 6"x6" Oil on Linen Panel $75
Done with the temporary job, art stroll banner is done, art opening is tomorrow and Leo (the lovable Lab) is reunited with his adoring family. So, Friday was the day to finish some work previously started. That can be really hard to do when you like painting alla prima, but I have found a product by Winsor and Newton called "Blending and Glazing" medium that seems to work best for me. I just brush it over the whole painting in a thin layer (make sure your whites are all dry or you will have a cloudy mess). I have used the retouch varnish by Winsor but it seems so "sticky."
This work was started Tuesday with the "upstairs painters." It is another piece for my "spring flower" collection. These Iris are all in various stages of death. Well, so one already bit the dust, but I find something interesting and graceful about the way they were leaning on the edges of the vase. These are miniature Iris and they have really big "beards" but because of their demise they no longer showed. The good thing is that they did not lose their lives in vain - they are forever immortalized in this painting (or at least Raymar claims the panel will last a really long time).