Friday, October 24, 2008

Oops, Don't Panic

"Don't panic and always carry a big towel."~Douglas Adams

Yesterday , the electronic gremlins that had plagued me the day before, leaped over to the painting. Yep. Not to worry the spill has been cleaned up and the Godiva painting is drying. Did the dark grey spill in an area where it was going to be painted anyway? No. Did it spill on the pristine almost lightest light there is on the piece? Yes. Now here's another reason I love 300 lb. paper: sometimes you can clean up a disaster before it ruins hours of hard work and an entire painting. As you watch the pigment invade forbidden territory, first rule is DON'T PANIC. Second rule is add water immediately and be glad you were not using Alizarin Crimson. Then there's the towel part. Glad it was handy near by.

Next part. Drink heavily while the painting dries. Not really, but it couldn't hurt. So Godiva is probably going to be fine. Me, I am taking deep breaths and looking for my happy place. Om. Wash the towel. Deep breath.

What Brush? Oh yeah, definitely crush some ice. It's Friday, time to get OUR naughty on. The gremlins... out, out I say. We'll just work on a nice little design project today. What could go wrong with that?


Janice C. Cartier said...

Just saw this on your blog:

"Don't panic and always carry a big towel."~Douglas Adams

The last thing I did as I left my house at 5:00 P.M. the Wednesday after Katrina was look around and see if I had forgotten anything. I looked in my bathroom and saw a whole stack of freshly laundered white towels and thought of that quote. So I grabbed a duffel bag and shoved them in it because you never know when you'll need a large towel. Lo and behold, by 9:00 that night I had a house and needed to furnish it for twelve people, so I had a whole stack of towels to put on the shelf. I thought it rather serendipitous.

( This came in via email from my "go to" engineering friend in NOLA. He gave me permission to share it with everyone. My messy watercolor towel is just now out of the dryer and the scotch is looking awfully good.... ;-)

A Brush with Color said...

Wow--on your post and on this! On both counts!! I felt myself cringing just thinking about what you were describing about your beautiful painting. It's like childbirth that suddenly needs a c-section or something! So glad you could salvage it. And yes--I laughed to read your "be glad you didn't use Alizarin Crimson!" How true!!! I'd say heavy drinking is prescribed...AWAY from the painting!!

Janice C. Cartier said...

ABWC-Thanks! Luckily, I think it will be fine. Quick. I was very quick...and sooooo glad there wasn't a speck of Alizarin in the mix...
...time for a nice single malt... well away from the art.....sheesh what a week! hooe you have some room service or are winging your way home..:-)