This is a fairly common theme for me – to share progress photos of paintings. I like people to see that a painting does not just come about in a few sittings, but often can undergo a complete transformation from its beginnings. I am guilty of getting attached to areas of paintings and not wanting to paint over them. But sometimes you just have to let that all go in the pursuit of something more. For it is only through the layering of the paint that I believe you can tell a full story. So here is the story of this one. I brought this piece in to art class at a stage where I thought it was close to finishing. And by becoming less attached and less precious with it I was able to explore completely new territory. I referenced the great Idris Murphy for this piece, both in my colour choice and in the banding of the landscape, as is typical of his compositions.
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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)
So here is the process...
This painting was completed for my solo show in 2014
Quite often I will complete a work and then after sitting it with a while decide it is totally not up to scratch and I will cover it over completely until something else emerges. This particular piece "Life is an Adventure" was voted the "most popular" piece at my second solo show in 2014. The jungle and green depict the landscape and different avenues, opportunities, hardships and twists and turns that life can bring us. The gold leaves represent the hidden treasures that are planted along the way, which we uncover just at the right moment, to send us a message and give us hope.
This has been a much loved piece and is available as a print in a number of sizes from my website here.