I Marvel: Revisit Two

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.

As in the painting I showed in an earlier post, I Reach Out in Hope, I felt I had not gotten the depth of color I wanted and I thought the painting needed more punch. I also wanted there to be more elements in the picture.

Here it is after my work. I kept the basic structure but added more paint, did a lot of work with my acrylic markers, and revised the composition to put in a house and to define the sky.

Now I am at peace with this picture and I feel it says what I want it to say.

8 thoughts on “I Marvel: Revisit Two

  1. Diane

    Agree that the additions were a good thing. I think the added detail in the front really centers my focus and the background is actually somewhat more “hopeful” than the original, even though that probably isn’t the incentive.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I never felt this one was detailed enough or had enough visual or emotional depth. The only way I know to fix that is to add more detail and clarify. I think on the original version I just got tired of it and stopped. With this version I feel like I completed the effort and I’m much happier with it.

  2. Laura (PA Pict)

    I really love the colours and tones in the original but I definitely think your makeover has improved upon the original. The house strengthens the composition and better walks the eye around the painting and your use of the black really punches up the details and focus.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I really felt this one was way way unfinished but I could not make myself keep going, in the original go-round. I was in a graffiti mood with this rendition and I think that freed me to just sort of let myself go with the embellishments. Plus I think having a house in the picture is very important to anchoring a story that this picture can tell.

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