Rebirthing a painting

Sometimes you'll paint something and you think you are okay with it. You kinda like it. It's good. You've spent a lot of time on it. So much paint, so many layers.

You sit with it a while. A few weeks even. And then you start to fall out of like with it until you find it actually starts to irritate and aggravate you the more you look at it. Or you nit pick it to death and find all its faults and realise....  its time for a rebirth! 

And oftentimes this process of the rebirth will bring about something totally unique and opposite to what went before. Well, this is the case with this painting anyway... And the painting that went before adds depth, dimension and information to the piece. It only ever adds I believe.

On the left is a fully completed painting that even went to a gallery (and didn't sell) and on the right is it rebirthed (it sold within a day)

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So here is the process...

This is my starting image: a fully realised painting. That I didn't like.

This is my starting image: a fully realised painting. That I didn't like.

I'm probably missing a progress shot between the first image and this one. I am guessing its cos I just went ape with the paint to try and cover over the reds as quickly as possible before realising I hadn't taken a photo!

I'm probably missing a progress shot between the first image and this one. I am guessing its cos I just went ape with the paint to try and cover over the reds as quickly as possible before realising I hadn't taken a photo!

Here I start to lighten the darks up a fair bit...

Here I start to lighten the darks up a fair bit...

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I introduce some teals and refine the shapes a bit...

I introduce some teals and refine the shapes a bit...

Then I slope the horizon line down a bit... 

Then I slope the horizon line down a bit... 

I decide the teal is not working and I cover it over and introduce some browns and more neutral tones

I decide the teal is not working and I cover it over and introduce some browns and more neutral tones

A big blob of white emerges and I start to simplify the shapes

A big blob of white emerges and I start to simplify the shapes

And then we get a pop of pink and rust from out of nowhere!

And then we get a pop of pink and rust from out of nowhere!

I use my favourite trick of turning the painting upside and she's almost there...

I use my favourite trick of turning the painting upside and she's almost there...

The finished piece. Plenty of texture (lots of sanding back was done). It was certainly a process. But worth it I feel!

The finished piece. Plenty of texture (lots of sanding back was done). It was certainly a process. But worth it I feel!

If you love this painting  you can buy the print on my online store here.

If you love this painting  you can buy the print on my online store here.