|'Dance With Me' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I never throw away a perfectly good piece of paper.
Every failed painting has hidden possibilities. Every failed painting presents us with lessons. We just need to put our emotions aside and move past these 'duds'. Often I will take my duds and brush them out completely. Depending on the surface I may wash off the painting or do an alcohol wash. This gives me a brand new toned surface to work with.
Sometimes the old painting suggests a new one. It happened today. Follow along and see the transformation.
|first brush out of the original painting|
The old painting: The original painting was a siamese cat on an 8x10 piece of brown LaCarte paper. I painted the cat for a class demo. Often demos aren't meant to be completed....they demonstrate a point. Today's demo was unfinished. I tried to work on it after class but I just wasn't feeling it. So I brushed it out with a stiff brush.
|the second brush out|
|starting a new subject on top of the cat|
This was the fun part. Now I was free from the cat. I could paint whatever I wanted. I pulled out a photo of some trees in November. The trees had color but the ground was white with early snowfall. I draw a few trunks and start to put down some foliage color.
Can you see the hidden cat?
I went with this idea for a bit longer. It wasn't working. It looked odd. The brilliant fall color and the snow just didn't make sense. Should I give up now? NO! I decided that I wanted to keep the snow but I wanted to make the trees into birch or aspen trees. I start adding colors to the tree trunks. I block in the snow and the sky. I continue to add color and detail with wild abandon. Now I was having fun!
I'm glad I didn't keep working and overworking the cat. I'm also glad the I persevered and started painting with my heart!