The Skateboard and Canvas Incident
This painting nearly made it to an exhibition this year, but after an accident with a skateboard the fate of ‘Water Shortage’ was changed forever. As you can see from the feature image the rip in the canvas was undeniable.
The painting was in the back of my car about to be delivered to an exhibition at the Lobethal Woollen Mill. On my way to the Mill, I picked up my son from his girlfriend’s house. He jumped in the car and without looking, threw his skateboard into the back — through my painting.
Devastated, I still took the painting to Anne, my art-guru at the Mill. I was more than a little surprise when she said, we can just about fix that! So my son and my guru worked together with water, canvas, PVA glue and magazines for ballast.
How did they do it?
- Wet (with water, ironically) the back and front of the painting around the rip to stretch the canvas.
- Cut a plain or spare piece of canvas into a size that will cover the entire area of the rip.
- Paste the spare canvas thoroughly with PVA glue, on one side only.
- Turn the painting over to the back and place the spare canvas, PVA glue side down, over the rip on the painting.
- Carefully check that all edges are smooth under the canvas, without folds. Particularly from the front of the painting if you can.
- Place some heavy books or magazines over the patch of canvas on the back and leave to dry.
- It should be mended and ready to hang the next day.
To my relief it worked – not necessarily to exhibition standard, but definitely to my kitchen standard. Now this nearly-exhibited painting bares the scars of life, but tells a tale of remorse, collaboration and forgiveness 🦋.