Just repainted part of a canvas I did last year. You may remember 'Exmoor Mist' from my post on the 6th July 2012.
This box canvas measures approx. 30" x 24" (that's roughly 79cm x 61cm). I thought I had completely done with this one, but putting it on the wall in the sitting room, I found it bugged me. Couldn't make out why and then decided it was the bottom third of the painting that was wrong. I probably wasn't totally convinced with it last year, but having lived with it, I realised my initial reaction was right...
this is the culprit...
I found the river too 'ordinary' and doesn't hold enough interest..
In the end I decided to completely change the part that annoyed me and I have to say I am now quite pleased with the result. Thank goodness I 'took the bull by the horns' as they say ...
here's the result...and Renamed:
'Mist over the Moor'
~acrylic on canvas~
close up detail bottom left...
and close up detail bottom right...
Changing the painting wasn't as difficult as I first thought it would be, in fact it was easy. I covered the bottom third with white gesso, left it to dry and then painted as though nothing had been there before. I think we have to make ourselves 'Forget ' the previous work otherwise we get caught up by it instead of moving on. I added the pony and sheep to give the painting some movement, this allows the viewer to make the story up for themselves.
What say you. Have any of you changed parts of paintings you are not completely happy with?
Or have you left it because it feels just too daunting to change it?
I would say to anyone now :
"Don't be afraid to get stuck in there
so glad I did
I am Linking today to
(many thanks to EVA & Kristin)
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE