|finished pastel #1|
When reworking, you know it didn't work so all feelings of "preciousness" are gone and you are free to experiment. In addition the painting scene is no longer there to haunt you and make demands...you are free!
|plein air piece to be reworked #1|
The first thing I noticed when remaking this painting is that beastly green did not work at all. Yes, it is what I thought I saw (unlikely-not enough influence from the sky), but in the painting it fought the colors of the sky. That was the first thing to go. Next, although the sky colors were accurate they did not make a good design. And while I love that little pond and it's small line of shrubbery, it too did not work.
To rework a pastel you must first remove some on the pastel. (Use a brush, a vacumm or a piece of masking tape- depending on how much pastel you want to remove.)
Next, analyze your composition and color scheme. In the top painting I added a middle ground, rather than just two layers of space. And made a kind of envelope of the sky to create a feeling of "safety in the world."
|finished pastel, #2|
|plein air piece to be reworked#2|
Here, I first altered the land mass and that was soothing. Next I just played with the upper sky to see what would happen if I darkened it. It was simply an experiment.
Art is about taking risks and experimenting. Why do the same thing over and over again just because you can? There is no excitement in copying a photo, it's only technical skill and when was technical skill exciting? Push yourself, make mistakes, take risks. Only then will you find something new.
PS On Thursday there will be a special post...see you then!