Wet and dry abrasion papers played a crucial role in the preparation of the substrates of the large paintings. Grades ranging from 150 to 1200 were employed to polish the layers of gesso in readiness for receiving the pigment process.
Following hours of polishing, it was noted that the abrasion papers developed marks with a beauty of their own. They were photographed, some of these are shown here.
As the use of alcohol was explored as a preservative for garden fruit during this time, the ‘Wet and Dry Gin’ jar seemed to be an appropriate idea. It certainly displayed some interesting patterns.