Thursday, August 6, 2015

Working on a finished painting

Been working on a finished painting. I do that quite often. I convince myself that a painting is finished, but after some time (a few weeks, months, even a year) it turns out that's not the case at all.

This particular painting had been in an exhibition for six weeks and the moment the exhibition was over I picked it up at the gallery and reworked it. Now it's finished. I mean really finished. I even gave it a new title. Period.

Here are the two stages. The one at the bottom is the way it looks at the moment. The definitive, final, not-to-be-touchedd-again stage. Did it get any better? What do you think? Let me know!

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Wide Beach, oil on panel, 50 x 150 cm

Narrow Beach, oil on panel, 50 x 150 cm


  1. Stunning improvement! It was beautiful before but now it really involves the viewer. I love it.

  2. Thanks Jennifer. Just what I needed to hear.

  3. Agree with above comment - The reworked version is so inviting - makes one want to jump in and run along the freshly wet sand!

  4. Both are fabulous, but the rework is visually more interesting - FABULATASTIC Mr. Dolama!!!

  5. Thank you so much for your comment, Gayle and Sheila! Sometimes a painter has been working on a painting for so long, he doesn't see clearly anymore and he needs an outside eye.

  6. I agree. In the first painting, there are a very wide monotone intervals on the left and on the right which make it a perfect symmetric perspective, something boring. In the second painting, there are more interesting dynamics. Great painting.

  7. Thanks for your kind comment! You're absolutely right about the symmetric perspective. The composition becomes a bit static and the great plane of the beach is actually quite boring. That was solved in the second stage.

  8. What a difference! In the first painting, the water at the edge of the canvas pulled my eye away from the land - bouncing back and forth like a ping pong ball! The updated version directs my eye, there is movement within the painting and a clear focal area.Beautiful!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Kathleen. I agree, there's a clear focal point now, caused by the movement of the waves. I'm quite pleased with the changes myself. Took me some time though. The tracks on the beach in the first painting took a lot of work. Kill your darlings...