|'A Quiet Refuge' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
When I look at an old painting it is proof that I have really grown as an artist. Sometimes in the day to day struggle of painting it is hard to see any progress. It can be slow and frustrating to get past the learning curve. And even then we still struggle to get to that next level. When I look at these older paintings that were my best work at the time...it is satisfying to see that I really have learned some things along the way!
Today I will share my thoughts behind the recycle of an older painting from the discard pile.
|The original recovered from the discard pile|
While I liked the subject matter of the original there were some issues that I would need to address.
- The pathway lead nowhere and appeared to go uphill. It didn't lay flat into the ground.
- The rust colored grasses in the foreground formed a fence. They were a barrier for entry into the painting.
- There was not much depth in the grasses. This view was quite long in real life and the painting didn't capture this expansiveness.
- The water lines were bumpy. Especially the top edge of the sea.
- The sky was boring.
Since the painting was on Ampersand Pastelbord it would be easy to do an alcohol wash to simplify all of the shapes. See below.
|After washing with rubbing alcohol|
I actually liked the result after the wash! I may have to explore this idea further. But for today I decided to work on the painting and create a change of scenery. It was good to review the older painting to see what I would have changed but in the end the underpainting revealed a new landscape. I used a similar color palette for this Florida wetlands landscape. Another fun recycle!
Try this: Take out an older painting or photo of your painting (from when you were new to pastel) . Study it and make notes on what you would do differently. Use this painting as inspiration and paint an updated version.