The problem with this original version is that I really liked the top half (the flowers), but was less than thrilled with the bottom. The white cloth was just not right and the background didn't come down far enough, which made the top plane of the table seem a little off.
However, when I painted this I thought it was fine and I varnished it as soon as it dried. This is where the experimenting came in. I had always been under the impression that once something is varnished, there was nothing more you could do with it. Luckily for me, I use Gamblin Gamvar varnish and it can be removed without damaging the painting.
I checked the Gamblin website and found out that you could remove the varnish using odorless mineral spirits. They recommend their Gamsol brand, but all I had around was Turpenoid so I crossed my fingers and proceeded to rub down the painting.
| After the Turpenoid rub down |
When the cloth had been covered over, I repainted the vase to get all the white reflections out of it and tweaked the leaves underneath the flowers a little bit.
|Final Result |
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