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Step by step, how to rework a failed painting

Rock Garden painting
Failed painting
Failed painting

Some paintings come easy, while others require a lot of work until I’m happy with them (or I throw them out).  My painting Rock Garden was one of my more difficult pieces.  On my first try, I ended up with this version.  It had the elements of a strong composition with a clear focal point but I just didn’t like it.  It sat in my studio for the last three years but I couldn’t determine a way to “fix it”.  

In the meantime, I finished another painting River Rock that I needed a companion piece to hang with it in an upcoming show.  The only panel I had in the same size was this failed painting.

Work in progress
Work in progress

 

I needed both paintings to share the same color scheme, so I created some new collage papers to better match the companion painting’s colors.  I like to add lots of elements at first and then simplify the final painting by painting over of some of the areas.  At left is the next phase of the painting/collaging process. At this point, it’s complete chaos and is going to require a lot of editing. 

The colors still didn’t match the other painting that well and I needed to get rid of the red, the bright yellow and the ultramarine blue.  I dug up some more papers and collaged them over these colors.  Next, I picked the areas to keep and those to cover up.  I needed a strong focal point and more areas of calm.  There was a lot of overpainting to do and still more collage papers to add.  The work also needed greater contrast so I add in the light yellow and dark gray areas to expand the value range.  Below are the two final paintings, Rock Garden and River Rock.  Can you find the areas from the original painting that still shows in the finished work?  It’s a little like “Finding Waldo”! 

Rock Garden painting
Rock Garden, mixed media, 20″ x 16″
River Rock
River Rock, mixed media, 20″ x 16″

Who wins rock, paper, scissors in your home?

In my studio, paper wins every time.  That’s because as a mixed media artist, paper is one of my favorite and most versatile mediums I use.  I am starting to work on the fourth painting in my yoga series but first, I had to print some new papers to use in this painting.   I have enjoyed using the gel plate (by Gelli Arts) I got for Christmas to print unique and multi-layered prints.  A Gel Printing Plate looks and feels like a sheet of gelatin, but is durable, reusable and stores at room temperature. It’s easy to clean and always ready for printing. Monoprinting on a gel plate is simple and fun. The gratification is immediate, and the prints are too cool.  These monoprints are only a handful of the papers I printed today using stencils, faux painting tools and more.

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You can see where I used a brayer to roll on the acrylic paint, then scraped in a design and finally pressed the paper onto the plate.  Voila!  It’s as easy and fun as that.  If I didn’t like the print, I just added another layer or two on top and ended up with some great designs.  Next post, I will show you how I used these papers in my yoga painting #4.


Gellie print standing inkingGelli print standing press