Re-working Your Art
Re-working Your Art
Sometimes we artists begin with a “great idea” that absolutely flops. What do we do with those art pieces that are not functioning well? Here is my description of the approach I used for one of my work.
I began the painting on Rives BFK paper. It was a combination of Medieval arches and a female form rendered in watercolors. I took the idea from a sketch rendered a few years earlier during my travels.
It was just not working for me. I added additional media, such as oil pastel, to make the colors bold. It helped for creating the lighting in the archways, but not in other areas of the artwork.
So, I decided to add some collage elements. Choosing to cut out some flowers and bugs from a calendar to work into the overall design of the piece. It was interesting, but not exactly the direction the work should have gone!
I set the painting in my living room, and allowed myself to just have it sit…while I pondered what was needed. It sat for two weeks while I contemplated what was not pleasing me about the work. Then, remembered that sometimes photographs are better when they are cropped. Large is not always better!
I measured and cut it up into several smaller pieces. I arranged the pieces with space between each one. I next used gesso to cover over the collage elements that were distracting within the overall design. I added thick gesso in floral patterns within the flowers. Then I had painted the flowers the colors that would work within the painting as a whole.
This is just one example. How often has an artwork not developed in the manner that I liked? It has only happened with four artworks.
One artwork started as a daytime painting with a brilliant gold clouded blue sky. It ended as a painting with purple clouds. Two of the artworks were sanded and many new layers of gesso painted before beginning a completely different idea. The last one is the painting previously discussed in this blog.
I would like to see what other artists have done. Please comment and let me know how you resolve composition problems!