Today in the studio I was transforming my art. Specifically, I reworked a painting from earlier this year that I was not satisfied with, and transformed it.
Watching the Dark Water (PortTown 8) (36"x36" acrylic and graphite on canvas $2850, available at time of posting)
I'd always felt the original version, on the left, was a bit 'thin'. Recently, I'd used dark wiped areas on a couple of paintings, and was very satisfied with the result. Given I wasn't happy with where this piece was, what did I have to lose? I applied a similar wash, and a pale blue-grey band above it.
Two simple but bold changes, and I'm much happier with the result!
What are other ways you can transform a painting?
- use it as a base for a new painting, letting bits of the underpainting show through
- glaze over part of all of it
- turn it upside down and work into it abstractly
- cut it up and make smaller pieces, or collage the bits into a new work
Be bold! You might be surprised...