Painting Sculpture

Varnish and Spinal parts

I decided to varnish the painting because I don’t want to work on it any more. The gloss from the gamvar varnish seemed almost too glossy. I had to let it dry for a couple days and thought maybe I had applied it too thick, so I used Gamsol on a rag to remove the varnish. The scary part was seeing color on my rag after wiping the canvas. I reapplied the gamvar and hung the painting up in my shop. It’s hard to view it from straight on because of the glare. I have 2 other paintings hanging out there and they do not have glare issues, so I am hoping over time the paints will dry and the glare will alleviate. I also thought that maybe I should have oiled out the older areas of the painting, or maybe done a second painting pass on the background. I don’t know. Oil painting can be complicated.

The next project will be to finish the other painting I started of Valarie. Hopefully this week I can find some time and motivation to paint.

No luck yet getting a gallery to carry my paintings. The one in Tahoe I contacted said my art was amazing but their client base probably wouldn’t be interested. I’m happy I got a response, even if it was a rejection.

I received the new parts for the skeleton. They look great. Without having a new rib cage to mount them too I’m not sure how well the gooseneck tubing will,perform. The lower spine feels very stiff, and I also noted that the tubing doesn’t twist – it only bends. Ugh. Another problem to try and solve.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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