If I had no other abilities, I would probably be a professional list-maker. I am great at making lengthy, thorough, wordy lists. I do not like to title my lists as "To Do", I prefer to be more specific, "Things That Must Get Done Before I Leave For Whistler Next Week" is about adequate. All that being said, I am much better at making lists than doing what is on the list. My list for this week includes "Clean my room" so that the list looks visually more accomplished than it actually is. Even THAT isn't working in my favour today. Now it just looks like I have way more things to do than I want to actually be doing. Luckily, however, one of the things on my list for this week is "make a costume" which will be awesome once it's done and also "make caramel apples for Jen's birthday" which can never be a bad thing.
One of the things I did accomplished so far today is the slight restoration/enhancement/re-colour-vamping of an old painting. When I was approached to do this I shrank away with fear and reservations. "You want me to do what????!!#4@#%?" but after much deliberation between my selves I came to the conclusion that this would be an interesting project and the person who asked me is a very wonderful person and for those of you who don't know yet, I am a sucker for wonderful people.
So I started by internetting "painting restoration" and the internet basically told me, "GET SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT" and I was all like, "Aw HECK no, internet." So after taking some tips from some great websites I started off by cleaning the painting. The internet was all like, "Clean the painting but don't RUB the painting, yo." and so I was EXTRA freaked out about touching it. So centimeter by centimeter I started cleaning the painting which wasn't really dirty in the first place. Phew. Good. Next!
Then I began with some really thin glazes of some really vibrant colours. I knew that since these glazes would be super oily, if I didn't like how it looked I could just rub it away (internet says: NO RUBBING. Back off, internet). Luckily, it looked great. It basically looked how I was envisioning it. What is great about this painting is that it is A) A seascape which is the love of my heart and 2) it has all sorts of little details that really make a painting POP. Have you ever read C.S. Lewis' Voyage of the Dawn Treader? And that part where the painting looks so REAL you thought the ship was actually coming OUT at you? And then you are on this ship with this dashing young man with curly blond hair?!?! And you're all like, "Eustace, you're such a worm"???? Well, the painting isn't there, but sometimes I feel there when I'm working on it.
In conclusion (because most of you have stopped reading this anyways), I really wanted to keep the original brush strokes visible because a painter's brush strokes are like his or her fingerprints. I wanted it to look like no one else had touched it at all. It was fun and I'd be glad to pine over it again.