Friday, June 20, 2008

How to Mess Up a Perfectly Good Painting!

Here today, I will briefly demonstrate how to f*** up a painting. I've lost the clarity, sparkle and spontaneity that was reflected in the previous post.

The foreground is all wrong, (mishmash) and the buildings look muddy now that I've painted them.



alcatmom said...

I'm no artist so I do not see the things you see. The painting looks fine to me - I like it.

Christy DeKoning said...

Thank you Alcatmom - my husband doesn't see it either. Maybe this is one of those times when I'm being too critical, but I'm just not happy with the end result.

* mY fRiEnDs cALL mE Rella * said...

Goodness.......the piece is still quiet gorgeous. I understand your feeling of 'muddy', but if you took the first one away and viewed it on it's own merit, no one would even begin to think that way.

But this does bring me to the struggle I have with watercolor over acrylic. If you are not totally happy with it lost. You cannot exactly cover over and re-do a portion.

What would you have done differently in retrospect?


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Christy DeKoning said...

Rella, there are always options - no need to give up hope when a painting goes south!

In this case, I took the whole sheet of paper over to the sink and ran the cold water over it for about 3 minutes, scrubbing gently with a 1" flat brush to remove extra pigment.

Then I stapled it to a piece of backing board and let it dry COMPLETELY. When I feel so inclined, I will jump in again and try to create something out of the faded background.

What would I have done differently? Hmmm...I'd have stepped back from the painting a lot sooner and had a break from it, so that I could see where it needed work. The foreground would have remained loose and yellow like wheat. The barn & houses would only receive a little bit of color.

Christy DeKoning said...

Amy, you crack me up!

Thank you so much. I'm going to post my new painting which I'm very pleased with, so that my latest post isn't this awful mess lol.

* mY fRiEnDs cALL mE Rella * said...

Christy...I came and looked again with fresh eyes. The finished piece (now history :) ) looks as if the viewer is emerging from a thick forest..dark with shade and coming upon a field as the sun is setting and leaving more shadows.

Thank you for the note on taking a piece you are unhappy with to the faucet. I had not even thought of that. Brilliant.

~ Rella

Artbeat said...

The vibrant colours in the second one are more to my taste. It looks good and sometimes the unexpected screw ups make for the best paintings. Nice one

Pam of Always Artistic said...


I had not seen this one before, I love it! I wouldn't change a thing! I love barns!