Summer at the Vineyard
16 x 20 watermedia on canvas
Murphy's Law played a joke on me. After hanging 25+ paintings and then taking new paintings up to City Cafe to replace the ones that sold, I thought, why can't these be canvases instead of heavy frames with glass! Not to mention the expense of framing. So I painted a detail from "Summer Has Arrived" with watercolor and matte medium on a canvas. How liberating was this compared to watercolor on paper. I am able to wipe paint off and I didn't have to "save my white". There is no white paint in watercolor and I am a firm believer that white acrylic, gouache etc. will just ruin the luminosity of transparent watercolor, so all of the whites in my watercolors are the white of the paper. This means I "saved" them by painting around or using masking fluid. I still handled the whites / lights similarly. But, if I lost some of the railing or other lights, I could easily lift it out.
Oh, so here is where Murphy came in. I single handedly skipped in to hang this painting practically dangling on one finger because it was so light, there was no glass to break, no frame that would get chipped. Well, a buyer called. He wanted me to come down on the price. I told him this was my latest work and I was happy for it to come home with me, plus I have "friendly" prices. A few days passed, the buyer called again. He pointed out that all of my other paintings were framed, but, this one and that he would buy it at my asking price if I put a frame on it. I explained the reason, but, he won. So here I painted on canvas to avoid framing and my buyer wanted it with a frame. Thanks, Murphy. I do have to add, after I put it in the frame, I think I would have felt comfortable asking for 3 times the original price. The frame made a huge difference.
What do you think? Do you prefer watercolor on paper? Watercolor on canvas?
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