I paint so many pieces that there are bound to be failures. I know- everyone else has perfect paintings.
So once in awhile I will paint a landscapes over a bad portrait
and a portrait over a bad landscape. It recycles the boards so it saves
some money and it also encourages experimentation. Why? I think it's
because the painting underneath provides the unconscious with a direction
to go-- or at least a direction to cover up. lol
Anyway--- this is a start of one: the landscape was a 20" x 24" plein
air piece that was a disaster in my opinion. The model is from Cameroon,
and she modeled for our portrait group this month. Unfortunately I
could not be there every session so this is as far as I have gone. I
have some photos so I may try to finish her up. She is the most
beautiful and inspirational model we have had in a long time.
You can still see a little bit of the building that was a focal point in
the old painting. The texture and the rough spots in the old painting
encouraged me to go a little farther with the background and really lay
the paint on- so that was fun.