Reworking


So I wasn’t very happy with the last picture – composition was off, colors were off, everything frankly not right.   After reading Philip Jamison’s book
Making Your Paintings Work

 and learning that he often reworks paintings i.e lifts off colour with a sponge and repaints I decided to do the same thing.



Here is the result.



(Edit: This is after a few months from the original reworking post.  I’ve added in some branches to the trees to make them look more realistic and also added in some windows/doors to the house so it doesn’t look so bare)

Now it’s not going to win any prizes but I think it is a definite improvement.  The colours are more unified and the brushwork is less slapdash but still has some life to it.  The composition is still awkward – the house doesn’t sit happily and there needs to be less horizontality (is that a word?) in the foreground but overall a definite improvement.   (Time taken: about an hour)
I’ve always been wary of reworking as I don’t want to risk that most terrible of sins, muddiness.   Today’s efforts however have made me reconsider.  And, frankly, given what I started with it couldn’t have got any worse :

4 thoughts on “Reworking

  1. Your re-work is huge improvement! I've never worked in watercolors, and I have heard they are the most difficult medium, so kudos to you!

  2. Your re-work is huge improvement! I've never worked in watercolors, and I have heard they are the most difficult medium, so kudos to you!

  3. My first comment! Many thanks Julie. One result of putting these photos on a blog is that when something goes drastically wrong I'm forced to have the photographic evidence sitting there at the top of the page. It's a big incentive to do something better so I don't have to look at my disasters.

    And yes I think you're right – people do consider watercolors difficult. Not that I'm offering up any excuses mind 🙂

  4. My first comment! Many thanks Julie. One result of putting these photos on a blog is that when something goes drastically wrong I'm forced to have the photographic evidence sitting there at the top of the page. It's a big incentive to do something better so I don't have to look at my disasters.

    And yes I think you're right – people do consider watercolors difficult. Not that I'm offering up any excuses mind 🙂

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