December 29, 2006

Damaged Painting

I'm not one to chat away on my cell phone while driving, but I'm also not one to ignore a call, even when merging onto a busy Interstate. The call was from the Atlanta gallery with news that a recently sold landscape had been damaged in transit to Houston and pics were on the way. Would I be able to fix? I can't see anyone being able to fix this but me! I've ordered new stretchers (42x54) and can only hope the cracking doesn't equate to flaking. I don't think it will, the thickening agent is dry spackle mixed into heavy gesso... even with cracking, the paint layers should hang on pretty tight (she said, hopefully!) Not exactly what I'd planned to do when I'd cleared the slate for the New Year, but guess no one else involved planned this side trip either...

5 comments:

Johnnie Scoutten said...

Oh my, what a heartbreaker. Let us know how this one turns out.

CMC said...

Oh Wow.........what a job. The problem may really come when it's re-stretched and the creases won't absolutely match what was there before. I had that happen when I re-stretched a canvas when the stretcher warped....I then had to frame it.

KJ said...

Yeah, been there too. But will be using the exact same brand of unwarped stetcher bars so I don't expect a problem... we'll see next week when the work begins. KJ

Walker said...

ouch!
will you fix it and then restretch or stretch first? For me it always helps to spray the canvas with water then stretch, then dry with a hairdryer. It takes the kinks out. You probably know a better way....
Will you charge them for the repair?

KJ said...

I'll stretch it dry, then spritz with water... usually works on saggy canvases. I suggested that if insurance goes through, I should get conservator's fees, but I'm most interested in satisfying the buyer... sales of these large works are worth much more than small change fees, and I know the gallery will treat me right with appropriate reimbursements. KJ