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Successful Pour, Damaged and Restored

Pouring is a hit and miss. I was so excited when I managed this stunning result with a black and white pour on a 45cm x 45cm gallery wrapped canvas I had prepared for an exhibition entry.

Every pour needs to dry at least 48 hours before it can be moved or handled for further treatment. Carefully I covered the wet pour so no fly or mosquito could attempt to land on it while it was drying as I work in an outside studio. And I already had some great losses with these little buggers. You live and learn.

Checking the next morning how well the pour had dried over night, I only discovered that my cover had moved and had landed right in the middle of the pour. Was it the extreme humidity, was it a gust of wind? I don’t know. But there was a thick fat mark right across the centre.

 Why this Again? What to do now, I cried.

I walked away as I was too upset with another great pour destroyed and no painting left for the ‘Black and White’ exhibition. After a few days of contemplation I remembered that I had two larger black timber frames left over from another project. I pulled the frames out to check if they were big enough to cover half of the pour, and yes, hurrah, they fit.

I removed the dry canvas from it’s timber frame and cut it in half to fit the two new frames and voila, I have two beautiful framed modern paintings, a Diptych

I should call them ‘Serendipity one and two’ as it was by pure accident that these stunning two paintings came into being. But I am open to suggestion if you have a different name for these two paintings.

Pity that I missed the deadline for the exhibition entry because of that.

Now after a couple of days looking at these two painting i suddenly realised what they were reminding off. The flow of Lava and the blue Ice with its dark crevices of a glacier filed.

To bring out my vision I had to add the fiery red to one of the pours and a watery blue glaze to the other. And voila – I have a Diptych called ‘Fire and Water’

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