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space and surface works

textured wall with skim coat and mesh tape

textured wall with skim coat and mesh tape

before and after, main wall

before and after, main wall

wall and window

wall and window

Last week I repaired and repainted the walls in our first floor sitting room.  The main wall is lit with a raking southern light and this caused the sandy, grooved texture to leap out insistently.  I ended up building a scraping tool to knock off the peaks, then skim coated and sanded the walls towards a relative smoothness.  We chose a color of green that had a bit of life to it.  It quiets down in the natural light, but maintains some intensity in artificial or reflected light.  The photos above show both scenarios.

I suspect that most people think of walls as surfaces, but I like to treat them as spaces.   Walls, like paintings, are best understood by their edges.  The center is a more mysterious space with a disorienting habit of falling away– especially when color gets involved.   I love that center, where a wall can act like a window.