One lie has the power to tarnish a thousand truths.
Take a close look at the reflective area above the fish--I used ammonia soaked sawdust to tarnish the gold leaf. The ammonia greys the area, and the sawdust gives it the mottled appearance. You need to watch the mixture closely, as it can burn through the gold leaf. I covered the area in plastic to increase the strength of the fumes. It took around twenty minutes for a reaction.The title Tarnished Reflection came easy, and it has invoked dialogue with many people.
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As a working artist/retired art educator, I've always lived the artful life. Let's share!