You’ve heard me say it before. It still remains true.
There are just times when a painting needs help. Overcoming the fear of changing a painting is the true challenge. Recently I’ve had to rethink my stance on dating paintings. Until now, I’ve put the year a painting was done on the front beneath my signature. But what happens when a painting isn’t as done as I thought it was?
I had finished Windswept Angel in 2009 (or so I’d thought). I’d been in a rush trying to finish it for a show, and that was my first mistake. Never rush a painting just because you want to be done with it and show it off. I knew better than this, but I did it anyway. Here’s a look at the original:
I knew there was something wrong with it. The eyes bugged me and I hated having so much thick hair across her face. It made her look like she was wearing a scarf or something. I know that if I hear that nagging voice, then I really need to listen to it. So I put it back up on my easel.
With a deep breath, I started working on the painting again. I was terrified of messing it up. Terrified! Not that I’m afraid of destroying a painting gone wrong, but I really didn’t want to repaint over the canvas. I liked this picture. It just needed help. So what if my “help” ruined everything?
I’m proud to say that that I didn’t ruin it. In fact, I made the correction exactly as I wanted. Here it is:
So now the painting is dated 2009, but actually finished with the correction in 2010. Yep, a good reason not to date the canvas itself. My art program I can change to reflect it accurately. I can even add a note, but who wants a scribbled note at the bottom of a canvas? Or maybe I could scratch out the year and write the correct one like I do on my checks. Just kidding! I’m chalking it up to a “live and learn” experience. Be sure to check out the painting on my website for all the details.
Have you ever had any “live and learn” experiences like this?