08 November 2013

second winter

The fence paintings are beginning their second winter.  Here photographed today while it was snowing:

verna vogel

So far holding up very well.  I photograph them once per month or so, and had thought the elements might bring about more degeneration by now.  I am very curious and excited about documenting the process of their decay, but I begin to realize this project will take much longer than I initially thought!  

There are a few tiny cracks that don't seem to be growing any more... but other than that and a mess of spiderwebs and dead leaves collecting in the backs of the stretcher frames, they seem pretty stable.  Perhaps a future critical point will be reached and they will suddenly fall apart.  Better keep my camera ready.  :)


P.D. Crumbaker said...

Every time I see these I want to put something in my back yard. They're wonderful, and the decaying process will be interesting to follow. Perhaps your 99th birthday card will feature the last bits!

Verna Vogel said...

Yes, put something in your backyard! This may sound odd, but there there is something very spiritually satisfying about watching art decay...

Heehee, hope I live that long!

P.D. Crumbaker said...

I think that might make a very lovely new year's day project! Any technical hints for a total non-painter?

Verna Vogel said...

Hmmm. Acrylic paint is easier to use than oil, and equally stable. I sent you an email with this blog post in it:

One thing I would recommend is using a final varnish with UV protection built into it. Golden makes excellent products and has a very informative website:

Have fun!