Sometimes when I decide to rework a painting I unintentionally make it worse. It’s the nature of the beast. I try things and they don’t always work out well.
Last week I created this shoe painting that I thought turned out really nice. Click on the image to see it larger in a browser.
“Walk a Mile in My Shoes,” 48 x 36 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
Then there was this painting that needed some work. I wasn’t entirely happy with the pinks, peaches and yellows.
I decided to try the same thing I did with the first painting — adding more darks and then a contrasting light on top.
Reusing a technique rarely works, and you’d think I would have learned that by now! It’s fresh and interesting the first time, but it’s difficult to replicate the same feeling and effect when I do it again.
Here’s how the painting looks now.
Not very attractive! There’s not enough contrast between the darks and the lights. And the color I put on top was a lovely shade of butterscotch, but it looks split pea green against the pinks on the canvas.
I’m telling myself that it’s not ruined, it’s just not done! I’m not sure where I’ll go with it from here, but hopefully I can bring it around to looking good.
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With love and appreciation,