|'The Clearing' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
"Don't cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it" unknown.
I came across this quote in a post by a Facebook friend and wrote it down. It is great advice. It fit my experience with this painting. I wasn't willing to make the drastic changes need to fix the painting because I had spent so much time on it. It had become precious even thought it was BAD.
This idea also can apply to when we struggle with parts of a painting. Just because we spend a lot of time and effort in an area doesn't mean we can't rethink it if it isn't working. We must be willing to wipe it out and take drastic measures and come up with new solutions.
|8x10 pastelbord newly toned with pastel and water|
My koi painting just needed to be wiped off and given a new life. I used water and a brush to wet down the painting. You can still see the koi trying emerge from the pastel. I will have to revisit the koi in another painting. It just wasn't meant to be this time!