For Day 46 of the 365 Days of Art, I am sharing a barn photograph that has been varnished onto wood.
Isn’t the reflection nice? I like all the foreground – and I bet the rounded edges were “edgy” back in the day. This piece feels like it is 1970s or 1980s. What do you think?
I also like the way the three verticals on top of the barn are in sync with the vertical of the tree to the left. Then the eye moves back to the softer, muted trees to the right – and then maybe the eye gazes to the trees in the middle – while going back and forth with the reflection. The dried grass in the water gives this pastoral setting a swampy vibe, hinting at a colder season – but still warm with the orange of the roof, color in the reflection – including some white – and a nice sky. Then the shadow on the side of the barn – the wavy line from the tree shape – works in harmony with the waves throughout the piece……
One of my goals this year is to “print” more photos. I plan to mount a few onto a canvas using Modge Podge (tutorial here).
If you are thinking about mounting any of your photos, or paintings, I highly suggest Modge Podge – it protects and seals. It can also be used to seal glitter projects or painted furniture. It looks white when you apply it, but don’t panic, it dries clear.
Also…. while on this topic of sealing – let’s look at what they “used to use” before we had Modge Podge or lacquers…. they used varnish. Some artists still use varnish today.
Over at the Will Kemp Art School site, there is a nice article (HERE) about how adding varnish to photos and paintings can protect them, enrich sheen, and enhance color.
They also suggest using removable varnish:
“Personally, I always work with a removable varnish to ensure the future preservation of the aesthetics of my paintings. Is removable varnishing appropriate for you? I always think of portraits and paintings that will be handed down to generations in the future it is definitely worth varnishing with an old school technique. However, it’s a personal call…”
Removable varnish has the perk of being able to be removed if need arises, and they shared this example of Fontana’s Portrait of a Lady with a Dog, 1590s (from Rebecca Gregg Conservation mid-point through a varnish removal example):
see you tomorrow for Day 47….