The art of the rework

Back in January I had that crazy idea to do 300 paintings this year.  Then I juried into a bunch of art shows for sculpture.  That was BRILLIANT.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I passed the juries and all, but that sort of made the whole 300 in 2013 thing a tiny bit more difficult.  I am still trying to get as many done as I can, but it is slow slow going.  To make things even more complicated, I have become relatively obsessed with mixed media and the paintover.

I blame Jesse Reno.

Reworking is good for the inner critic but bad for the production when hours of work get completely hidden.  It is really sort of cool to watch new things come out, though.

For example, take this one I did about a month ago:



From beginning to end, the lines change quite a bit.  I made a lot of marks and designs that got completely painted over.  The difference between the end piece and the beginning isn’t drastic, but it’s definitely an improvement.

Now look at this one that I did just a couple of days ago:

dream big first


we’re looking at the two-faced purple one.  The three-eyed girl hasn’t gotten her repaint yet.  I feel one in the future.  The purple one didn’t get a drawing or much planning, I just started painting.  The top head got added at the very end.  I looked at it off and on for about 18 hours before deciding that I wasn’t a fan and looked for a different picture within the picture.  She became this instead:

dream big final


SO MUCH HAPPIER.  I have since added some black around the edges of the body, but I think it’s pretty much done.  I sort of love it.  If you look close, you can see the eyes peeking out from behind the ribs!  Hee!

SO.  I guess what I’m saying here is that you don’t have to be married to the idea.  Let the art take you where it wants to take you – it might surprise you.


One Comment

  1. I am late reading this, but I love it! It's amazing to see the purple repaint right below the original. I love that there's a whole other person inside those ribs. It looks incredible, and it's all the richer because of those layers, even if they're not all visible!

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