Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reworking a painting

Been away for a week. Before I left I started a large painting (33.5" x 59.1") but when I got home I didn't feel like getting on with it right away. So I started reworking a small painting that got back from an exhibition. Hadn't seen it for quite a while and sometimes that is what you need  to get a fresh look. I felt the clouds were interrupting the sense of space, so I thought I'd replace them.
This is what it looked like:

Beach with Summer Clouds, oil on panel, 7.1" x 11.8"

And this is what it looks like now:

Airless, oil on panel, 7.1" x 11.8"
Had to change the title too. I really like working over an existing painting, even though sometimes I'm not sure the changes are for the better. It gives me a sense of freedom, probably because there is not a lot at stake.

This one is a case of 'you win some, you loose some'. The clouds add to the sense of space now, as does the reflection. The feeling of a summer day has faded a bit, probably because of the loss of contrast between the fluffy clouds and the blue sky.

Gonna start working on the big painting today...


  1. Definitely an improvement. While some of that summery feeling has faded (but not much), you have given the painting a strong focal point and this, I think is more important. Love your work and have been following you for some time.

  2. Hmm. Jahn, I was looking at the color temperature of the clouds in the first version and the second. The clouds in the second are much cooler while in the first, the clouds have a bit more yellow in them. This might be part of the reason that the painting feels less summery.

  3. I think you could be right about the color temperature. I made the cloud in the second version cooler, to make it receide in the distance. Good to hear you think the second version is better. I agree. Thanks for your kind words.