I Reach Out in Hope: Revisit One

A while back I went through my collection of paintings and picked out ones that I didn’t feel were quite finished, or had gotten to their true personality. Some of them I didn’t want to revisit and I donated them to the charity shop or else threw them out. And the ones I felt a connection to, however faint, I got to work in trying to pull more out of the picture. I will show you a small selection of three paintings that went through this process.

Here’s the original version.

I felt I had not gotten the depth of color I wanted and I thought the painting lacked any…drama?

Here it is after my work. I kept the basic structure but added more paint, and I also did a lot of work with my acrylic markers.

OK, now I’m happier. Mission accomplished!

13 thoughts on “I Reach Out in Hope: Revisit One

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      It’s kind of wild, almost graffiti, but, that is what I felt like during the second go round. I’m happy with it, I feel at least now it is finished.

  1. mim4mail

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s a good reminder that we can go back and make changes. And being happy with our work is important.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I never felt this one was finished but I was not interested in following up at the time I first painted it. Now I feel I have finished the job!

  2. Mairi

    I love both of them. They feel like different moods. The first is very soothing…the second feels more dramatic 💙💙.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. Yes, I agree, they are two different moods of the same scene. The first rendition just seemed a bit pallid to me and I couldn’t get satisfied. The second one, I was definitely in a different mindset when making it! I guess it shows how the same idea can be differently expressed depending on when and how and with what materials and also what state of mind the artist is in.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I always had the nagging feeling of something lacking in this painting and then one day I decided to try it again, I know I was in a whole different mood, or feeling, or just different energy to put into it. WHo knows what it might have become on yet another day? I think that is interesting to think about.

      1. Judi Castille

        Maybe take a photo next time and print out and rework a few times after different moments of inspiration. Be an interesting way of finding new techniques.

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