Over winter I have been on a bit of a painting hiatus, but this weekend we had a burst of summer-like weather, complete with actual sunshine, and it inspired me to pull out all kinds of canvases and make some progress on them. I found this one and noticed that after several layers of gesso I had applied, there were still greenish-blue splotches showing through from what was a finger painting that my three-year-old son had done last year.
So I painted on another layer of gesso, and about an hour later, I saw the colour seeping through again! So I applied a layer of heavy body white acrylic paint….again, up came the finger paint.
By this point, I started thinking that perhaps that is what I get for heartlessly covering up my child’s scribbles! On went a coat of acrylic gel gloss. Surely, this would be enough to seal down the colour. On top of that, one more layer of gesso, and what you see in the photo was the result of that! You can still see the finger paint.
I have a feeling that this is not going to be much of a masterpiece, so the question remains of whether I should continue or perhaps give it back to my son, and let him paint in the islands and lake and sky as he sees fit.
Stay tuned for the conclusion of this adventure!