Restoration period

I had an interesting painting project to do recently, rather smaller than the vast wall or ceiling areas I’m often asked to do, but still a challenge all the same: I was asked to restore a large antique toleware tray,  I said was happy to give it a go ( probably a phrase that would give a professional conservator the vapours). The tray is probably early to mid 19th century , it had been put into storage for safety along with several other items, many of which were subsequently damaged by water, and then when some of these escaped the sub-standard storage they got damaged by the removal firm instead,  I can say without exaggeration neither company was popular with my client!

A photo of the tray with water damage, the paint was pickled from the water damage and I had to carefully brush off the lose stuff then fix what was left, I filled a few chips of paint and re-painted the medallions and faux bois:

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after I’ve worked on it:

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It’s the summer season now, and the apartment is let non-stop till beginning of September, and we have a few BnBs coming and going as well, lots of ironing cleaning and gardening so no time for settling down to do great works of art (!!) I’ve painted a couple of watercolours from sketches done of donkeys in the local park where I take Meggie for a walk sometimes.

This one I’ve sold:

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and a haiku for it;

Mirrored heads nuzzle,

gentle nibbling, lips curl back.

Tails swish flies away.

Paper makes such a difference to watercolour, while the rougher the paper the deeper and richer the colours become, something to do with more surface area soaking up colour I believe I read somewhere, and light bouncing around in the dips,  I rather like the pale faded look a smooth surface can give, it can give a dreamy quality to the work, as in the above.

This sketch also has the written word to match it :

Donkeys in the Wintry Wet Park.

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Ears shape to shrieks loud

back, forth, then sideward they twist.

munching, lunching in

the dry, gazing at boys’ play,

who muddied, tired,  head for home.

 

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and a portrait of one of the donkeys.

 

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and lastly a bit of wild life in the garden: a hummingbird hawkmoth furiously probing deep for nectar in the Himalayan balsam flower:

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8 thoughts on “Restoration period

  1. PS Oh!! and thank you for the lovely donkeys! etc love Suexx

     

     

     

     

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