Sunday, February 12, 2012

Working over


I painted over a seated figure from mid fall, 2011. I settled on a photo reference from an old magazine and used that to expunge the image I felt would never work. It was the reproduction of an illustration probably from the 1940’s, but I’m not sure who the artist was. Beforehand I sanded the painting of the seated figure as much as I thought necessary. Then there was some frustration that followed, because I was only working from a magazine photo and not from life. 


oil on pre gessoed panel 12"x16"

8 comments:

  1. Just love the colours in this. So much to take in!

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  2. You may have been a bit frustrated, but the expression in this painting is very strong and wonderful. It's always challenging to paint over another work and to work from another image. You did it though!

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  3. Thank you Gunnie, very much, for your lovely comments and for visiting!

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  4. Thank you so much Melinda. Of course it was also great fun and therefore, well worth the frustration as you suggest – a learning experience - we learn from frustration don’t you think?
    But you are such a fine painter!!! Do you also occasionally attack and work over some paintings with new source material?
    xo, Marcia

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  5. Oh, yes, Marcia, I do! I scrape all of the paint off, or slather on gobs of paint to cover the uglies, and then, I begin again. Sometimes, reworking a painting turns out so much better than before, and completely different.

    I have a few paintings waiting in a queue for major renovation!

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  6. Thank you for telling me that, Melinda. I must really sound na├»ve - I guess In a nutshell that pretty well sums up the process for all of us regardless of what stage we’re at or what media we’re working with.
    I’m looking forward with great anticipation to same of those resurrected canvases that you have waiting in your line up! You are a cutie!!!
    xo, Marcia

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  7. Marcia,

    This is wonderful. Painting over another work is an excellent idea. This painting proves it. Superb light and feeling.

    Love,

    Barbara

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  8. Thank you Barbara. It is a great opportunity, isn't it - to start afresh?
    Lovely discontent.
    Loved seeing you yesterday, and the Sam and the Steve!!!
    love, Marcia

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