As regular visitors to this blog will have discovered by now, I do not finish a painting very often. This one was painted a few years ago and I came across it recently while unpacking yet another box in our garage. At present I am writing a rather long post, which is likely to be published here in two or three parts, telling the story of the Golden Retriever who was an amazing addition to our family some years ago. So I decided to show this painting by way of an introduction to that story.
The picture was painted on oil painting paper (7 x 9 in.) using Winsor and Newton Artisan water-mixable oils, my favourite medium. After some months it had been varnished with Rowney Acrylic soluble gloss varnish. When I unpacked it the other day it seemed very grubby but, thanks to the varnish, it was easy to clean it without causing damage. The varnish is soluble in white spirit but not in water. So I quickly wetted the whole painting with plain water, using a two-inch paint brush, then wiped the whole thing with folded kitchen tissues, easily removing both dirt and most of the water leaving the painting as good as new.