Friday, March 4, 2011

Re-working a Boring Painting

It happens. You start out with lots of thumbnails, a careful design, and a plan to create the best watercolor known to man. Then, wow, you think...this is a boring painting.

In the case of "Gar May Market", I started at a demo for an art group. I usually don't create my best work at demos since I am there to show the artists something they are interested in seeing, a particular technique or area of the face.

As the painting progressed, I found myself losing interest. Why? Because I lost sight of my original intention--to create a painting of a woman at a Chinatown market; a place where she was comfortable and familiar on a sunny morning. What I had created instead was a rather generic portrait of an Asian woman.

I thought about ditching the painting and moving on to something else, but wait, that's when it gets fun. I had nothing to lose by jumping in and making a few changes.

I reworked the background several times until I ended up with, what I think, is a more interesting painting.


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed seeing what you did with this painting. the sign was the perfect finish and made for a great composition.

artybecca said...

amazing how just a little bit of context makes such a huge difference. I like it!

Colette Theriault said...

This is brilliant Peggi! Absolutely love the new version as it makes for such an interesting portrait that now tells a story. BRAVO!

Kristy Gordon said...

Hey, that's really cool! It turned out really well Peggi!

Peggi Habets said...

Mimi and Becca,
Thanks so much!!!

Kristy!! So great to hear from you. Hope all is well. Thanks for the comment.