.... I'll just update my activities on the exhibition front.
Well, not quite. Part of the run up is deciding what to exhibit. I've decided that if I can't exhibit a painting, I don't really need to conserve it either! Not that I will show them all, but anything not worth exhibiting (even theoretically) is really not worth the canvas it's on! And I don't need a reminder of my failures, so like old clothes that have outgrown their usefulness, out they all go!
So yesterday I got round to destroying a number of old bad or unfinished paintings. This was a major undertaking. Some of them were started shortly before I gave up my studio and were too cumbersome to set up in my new quarters. Several of them were painted on inferior stretched canvases I had bought on the internet years ago (I've stopped doing that now!). Those stretchers were not slotted and wedged in like good quality ones; they were stapled and nailed (cobbled) together and the wood was as brittle as crispbread. But they still needed quite a lot of energetic bashing with a mallet before they condescended to fall apart. Previously I had cut the respective painting out with a craft knife. I kept a few for re-stretching, but I'm skeptical. When it came to getting rid of the canvases off those cheap frames, I discovered that they ripped very easily so I don't know if they will let themselves be re-stretched (by drenching the back). I taped the discarded wooden bits together so they wouldn't fly round the cellar, and was gratified to see them in that state at long last. I also destroyed bad paintings on good quality stretchers. These I kept and used some of them to re-frame the painting below, which was too wide to transport in my little car (that being a major priority if my large paintings are ever to see the light of day). Despite or maybe because of shedding a bit all round, the painting looks more concentrated than it did before. It now measures 90x150cm (instead of 100x160cm).
That was a good day's work, but there are still a lot of paintings I don't need or want waiting to receive the same treatment!
The oil painting below is actually quite spectacular.