II have spent the morning adding more layers to two small paintings and while I wait for paint to dry (yes, artists DO that!) I am varnishing some completed pieces. Adding a top coat is like doing your hair and adding some hairspray. Or, putting on lipstick after doing your makeup. It is that finishing touch that makes the painting even better. I am using a gloss top coat which I have chosen for a few reasons.
a) I like to use a lot of paint. A lot. Lots of colours, sheens, and brands. This top coat evens it all out.
b) It will provide some UV protection.
c) The paintings can be wiped down with a damp cloth to remove dust.
d) Shiny. Need I say more? :)
e) Paintings are not inexpensive to produce or to purchase. I want my painting to go home with people in a state that they can enjoy for years.
So, while I am waiting for varnish to dry (yes, we do THAT too!) I am enjoying a coffee break and chatting with you. I'll post some more pics tomorrow.
I will keep you updated on my latest work and perhaps some insight into my creative process.