|"Proud in Pink" |
Image: 29"x 21" Framed: 38" x 30"
Acrylic Painting on Paper $2000
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Before and After! Makeovers are good sometimes!
The painting on the left was painted at the Joyce Ells Paint-in last Fall. I knew that it wasn't done, but decided to set it aside till I knew how to solve it. First of all, paintings at Paint-in's often have problems because you are among 30 other artists with lots of interruptions and gabbing during your creative process. I'm not complaining cuz I love Paint-ins. I am there to reconnect with my art buddies rather than having the goal of creating masterpieces. Anyway, I have had this landscape in my mind for at least 5 years with a dusty pink barn and Holstein cows leading up to the barn. I finally decided to paint that image. But then I lost my nerve to add the cows. No worries, cuz at least I had the pink house and barn. Someone came by and remarked how awful the colors were!😳 Pretty gutsy of her, don't you think? Well, that made me even more determined than ever that the pink barn STAYS!
So, this week, I needed a painting for a national competition and decided that it was time for me to finally do a makeover on this painting.
Things I wanted to change:
1. I didn't like the brown colors.
2. I felt that the light pathway lacked interest.
3. The painting lacked the "wow" factor, so I decided to add bright colors.
4. The center of interest needed to be made more clear.
So, I worked out a color triad that went with pink. Yes, the pink has to stay! I used cobalt blue, Quinacridone magenta, and hansa yellow medium. I also added a tiny bit of raw umber and Bahama Blue. I got out my chalk and made a better pathway of light. Then I wiped out the new pathway, using rubbing alcohol. If you know me at all, you know that I love the color, red. I knew that if I showcased the building by red, that I would be a happy camper! I instantly felt better after the red was added. I think this is a good lesson for all of us. Some of my BEST paintings are the ones that I struggle with. They appear deeper, if I can only make it past the ugly teenage stage! Now, I love the new colors and I like the new design too. Fingers crossed that it will get accepted into the show that I entered. Time will tell..... But the most important critique of your paintings is always YOU, and if you are pleased with the outcome, nothing else matters!