Messing up a Good Painting


It is humiliating and humbling to publish the progress of a painting and during the process completely mess it up! I could have just skipped photographing this phase and no one would be the wiser, but I think it is a good lesson.  Painters often go too far, and don’t know when to stop! I thought the ice was too blue and blended into the shadows on the snow (look at previous post). The figures are in the sun and the ice looked like it was in the shade. So, in my infinite wisdom, I began to warm up the color of the ice. What I have now is people skating on dirt! Today I’ll spend all day changing the color of the dots to resemble ice with sunlight. During my non-stop painting frenzy, I became frustrated with the yellow color of the boy’s jacket, and at the last-minute changed it to dark blue. I’m going to have to think about this for awhile, but I will have plenty of time because re-painting the ice will take quite a few hours. The reason all of this happened is that I didn’t take the time to step away from the painting and evaluate changes as I made them, it probably looked good at some point but I just kept on painting like someone in a trance, dot a dot a dot, dot dot dot, and raced over a cliff.  Sob, sob, the beauty of opaque paint is that it will cover what is underneath, if that is any consolation 🙁
More tomorrow,

Gail Niebrugge, frustrated artist

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