I had a very interesting experience yesterday. My practice is to take any painting that I’m not happy with and put it in a pile. Then I reuse the back of these paintings. I pulled out this one yesterday and was just about to cut it up when I took a second look at it.
I did this painting 4 years ago and submitted it to a big show and it was not accepted so I considered it unsuccessful. I hadn’t looked at it in a long time but yesterday when I saw it I thought that the centre of interest was actually quite interesting. So I cropped it down to the essentials and it became a very different painting.
I now look at it as a very successful painting.
This experience has reinforced two things. 1) It’s important to ask yourself ‘what is the painting about’. In this case it’s about the story of the lady and her dogs and all the rest of the background and foreground didn’t really add much to it. Secondly, we need to be open minded when we look at our work. Maybe we’re missing what’s right in front of our eyes. Very valuable lessons!