You know what's wonderful about painting?
Well, okay, there are loads of wonderful things, really. But one of them is that a painting never has to be finished. (This is a double-edged sword because it means that a painter might not ever finish a painting.... but that's a topic for another time.)
I'm always surprised when people tell me they gave their old paintings to a thrift store or gessoed over them (basically painted them white). There are things that can be done to transform them! Many paintings that were at one time considered complete, or perhaps just unresolved, make great backgrounds.
While this is particularly true for abstract paintings, there are also ways to transform landscapes or other representational paintings using elements of the original painting.
I decided to offer a class with a few techniques to help you spruce up or completely change your old paintings. This class is not about improving your painting (you can come to a Freestyle Session and I'll help you with that.) This is about taking your painting and turning into something different.
For example: In the painting above, adding the trees and the hill was a simple fix once I turned the in the right direction. ("Before" on the left, "after" on the right.) Voila! My abstract paint pour became a background for a simple landscape silhouette.
In the pictures below, I painted over sections of each image to create new paintings. By painting in some negative space, I created a new background and brought the old background forward. Pretty cool, huh?
These are just a couple of things that can be done to turn an old painting into something new.
If you're in the Denver area, grab some of your old paintings and join me - I'll help you breathe new life into your old canvases!
We meet on Saturday, Feb 22 at 1pm. Click here to save your spot! Or click here for a full class calendar.
I am a teaching artist with a passion for expression, creativity, and using art as a way to work through the muck of life.