Pulling a Thread
Have you ever pulled a loose thread thinking it would detach rather easily only it doesn’t? Once you pull a thread, it causes something else to unravel. Before you know it, there’s a whole domino effect happening.
Summer Breeze; 16” x 20”; acrylic on paper (Before)
I thought about naming this post “When a Painting Doesn’t Know When to Quit.” The more I thought about it, however, I came to understand that a better name may be “When the Artist Doesn’t Know When to Quit.”
During the transformation.
What started out as a “simple” fix to a sky that I was less than satisfied with led to the addition of flowers, collage elements, a new mount, an isolation coat, and multiple layers of cold wax. At any point in time, I could have given up and chalked the entire piece up to experience. Experience is the best teacher after all.
I actually do like the finished piece much more than the original, but it certainly took a lot longer. Was it worth it? Should I have given up on the piece? I honestly and in all likelihood could have started from scratch and finished sooner than what this piece ended up taking. But what would have been lost if I had? Sometimes, those loose threads and the process of unraveling can uncover or lead to something quite unexpected. One thing is for sure, I experimented with this piece and combined techniques that I’ve learned over time. Some worked out and others didn’t. Without pulling that thread, I am not sure if I would have ever tried combining some of the techniques in which I did for this type of painting.
Wind Blown; 16” x 20”; mounted to cradled board with cold wax finish
Back to the question…uh questions. Was it worth it? Yes. Always yes. Should I have given up on the piece? That one is a little more difficult to answer. Probably, but I think it could be both at the same time.
I'm an artist working in acrylic and mixed media. I love looking for the seen and the unseen by exploring matters of the heart. My one of a kind works of art are in the style of expressionism, representational art, and inspirational art. All of my works of art share in the qualities of redemptive art.
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