I have discovered that sometimes, a painting has to be revisited. Back in September, I did a painting of an old snag of a tree. I called that painting "Beauty". The one thing I really liked about that painting, was that tree, and I think that I was so focused on that tree I didn't consider the entire painting as a whole. I've been looking at that painting for a while and have never been happy with it.... some things continued to bother me about it. I didn't like the colour of the lake... I didn't think the foliage in the foreground was substantial... all in all... i just really didn't like it.
So finally, I decided to use my black gesso and remove all of the painting except my beautiful tree. Then i stared at that for a few days... did a few sketches, and came up with an entirely new painting. One that I like a whole lot better.
Most of my paintings are done of places I would like to be, or things I would love to look at and the original "Beauty" was just not doing it for me. The new one... yes.
Beauty ... revisited
Liz R. Derksen is an artist living in BC.